AIIMS Director advises on , no need for COVID-19 test after home isolation


AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said in mild/asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, the virus dies after 7th or 8th day and can’t be transmitted. “It may be detected in RT-PCR tests till 2-3 weeks but it’s dead,” said Guleria.


Patient can end isolation after at least 10 days from onset of symptoms and he /she has had no fever for three days.


The centre said, in its new guidelines for COVID-19 treatment under home isolation, has specified that the isolation can be ended after 10 days given the patient does not experience andy fever for three days.


AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Friday that, in most of the mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 cases, the virus dies after the 7th or the 8th day. At that time, it can’t be transmitted to another person, he said. But the dead virus, or the particles of the dead virus, can be picked up by the RT-PCR test and a positive report still may come, when a person has become free from covid.


“It is scientifically proved that the virus in mild cases dies after six or seven days,” Dr Guleria said. In its new guidelines for Covid treatment under home isolation, the Centre has said Covid-19 patients have to remain in isolation for 10 days. After this period is over, the isolation period can be ended provided there is no fever for three days.”