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Questions and Answers: COVID-19 home treatment Updated: 2021-12-09 17:06:37 KST

With the number of COVID-19 cases surging as of late.
Letting infected people recover at home has become a major issue.
Health authorities recently announced some changes.
To explain this in details we have our Choi Won-jong right here in the studio.

Good to be here.

"First let's begin with this question.
Who's eligible to recover from Covid at home instead of at treatment centers or hospitals?

In the past only people under 70 years old were allowed to stay at home when they got the virus.
They had to be asymptomatic, in particular, and they had to agree to forego the use of a hospital.
BUT now it's different.
Due to overwhelming demand causing a shortage of hospital beds nationwide, anyone who is asymptomatic can choose to stay at home regardless of their age.
Hospital beds will only go to people who need them or who have no other place to stay.
For people staying at home, there'll be strict fines if they break the rules.

What does at-home treatment look like?
Do individuals get certain types of medical supplies? How does this work?

Good question, Daniel.
For at-home treatment, individual Covid patients will get a box of medical supplies.
There are four things you get: a fingertip pulse oximeter which is device that estimates the amount of oxygen in your blood the normal range is 95-percent to 100-percent.
You will also find a thermometer, medicines for fever and sanitizer.
Of course, patients will get regular health check-in TWO or THREE times a day by phone or app.
They will also get medical assistance if needed.
In case of an emergency, there's a 24-hour hotline, and in the worst case, patients will be transported to the hospital.
You're probably wondering how long patients have to stay at home.
The duration of at-home treatment is 10 days, but they're only monitored for 7 days.
On the 10 day at home, they're free to go.
Starting early next year, people in the high-risk category who are recovering at home wll get oral COVID-19 medication.

Let's take a deep dive into some details our audience might be curious about.
What if you have to share a bathroom at home
Any specific guidelines?

Right, Daniel.
That is very tricky situation. What I can say is that the health authorities did urge patients to separate themselves safely from the rest of the family.
If there's no way to avoid contact, then the bathroom at least needs to be sanitized as much as possible.
For residents of apartments where many people live closely together, the key is frequent ventilation.
Also, to prevent the spread of the virus through the house, it's recommended to seal the bathroom vent with plastic bags and duct tape if possible.
Another thing I would like to point out here is that you're still allowed to open the door and pick up packages and food delivery but no contact with the delivery person is allowed.

What about those who happen to live with Covid patients?
Any prevention guidelines for them?

Of course.
First of all, people who live with Covid patients will receive self-testing kits and protective gear.
If they're fully vaccinated, they too have to quarantine for seven days and then they can go back to work or school with a negative PCR test.
HOWEVER if they are unvaccinated they need to stay home for an extra 10 days so 17 days in total.

Before you go DO TELL US about financial aid for people who have to go through this process.

Starting December 8th, people who have to stay home are getting payments from the government.
BUT this is only for those who are fully vaccinated those who've already once recovered from Covid, those who can't get vaccinated due to underlying conditions and those under the age of 18.
Meeting those conditions, a person who lives by themselves would get 550-thousand won, or around 475 U.S. dollars.
A household of four people 1.3-6 million won, which is more than a thousand dollars.
Like I said payments are only for those who are fully vaccinated, which appears to be another way to encourage people to get their shots.

Thank you for your report.

Thanks for having me.
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