The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has come up with new COVID-19 guidelines and protocols for children. After dealing with a deadly second wave, India is preparing itself for a third wave. Experts have warned that a third wave can hit India anytime soon. This time children are more vulnerable to the virus. Henceforth, it is necessary to keep children safe from the virus. The DGHS has issued a few guidelines for children. Moreover, the central government and the health ministry have also approved the guidelines.
Children Below 5 Do Not Need a Mask: DGHS
The DGHS has not recommended masks for children below 5 years. However, wearing a mask is highly essential for adults. Children between 5 to 11 years can wear a mask. But only if they feel comfortable and after consulting a doctor. They may or may not wear a mask. Adults are not at all advised to roam around without a mask. The recent sanctions deal with Coronavirus disease management in children below 18 years.
Remdesivir and HRCT Scanning also Not Recommended
Apart from not wearing a mask, the DGHS has also changed medicines for children. Children are not allowed to consume the anti-viral drug Remdesivir against Coronavirus. The hospitals are not allowed to treat any Covid patient with Remdesivir below 18 years. However, its use for people above 18 still continues. Rational use of HRCT imaging is also not recommended for people below 18. The health service organization has revised its clinical COVID-19 management protocol. In its updated circular, it has dropped most of the medicines that were used to treat COVID-19 affected patients.
Other Recommendations by the DGHS
The protocols for adults are still the same. All adults are recommended to wear a mask. Besides that, they are advised to regularly wash their hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, they can use an alcohol-based sanitizer. They have to maintain social distancing at all public places. The DGHS has changed medicines for adults as well. However, the medicines for fever and cold still remain the same. Doctors are asked not to prescribe unnecessary tests such as CT scans to COVID-19 patients. Only severe patients are advised to go through a CT scan or imaging. All those people who are eligible for vaccination should get vaccinated as soon as possible.