Covid-19 | 10th June 2021 | Virtual Wire
The government has strictly forbidden the use of Remdesivir in children infected with the coronavirus. Also, Children under the age of five are no longer required to wear masks.
The government has come out with guidelines for the care and protection of the children
affected by COVID-19 and fixed responsibilities for the states, district magistrates, police,
Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies.
Under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) guidelines for children, Remdesivir is not recommended for children. According to the guidelines Remdesivir (an emergency use authorization drug) is not recommended in children.
"Steroids should be used at the right time, in the right dose, and for the right duration.
Self-medication of steroids must be avoided,” it said. As there is a lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data with respect to Remdesivir in children below 18 years of age.
“It is a simple clinical test to assess cardiopulmonary exercise tolerance and is used to unmask hypoxia. Attach a pulse oximeter to his/her finger and ask the child to walk in the confines of their room for six minutes continuously,” it said.
The guidelines suggested rational use of High-resolution CT (HRCT) for seeing the extent
and nature of lung involvement in patients with COVID-19.
The guidelines also recommended a six-minute walk test for children above 12 years under the supervision of parents/guardians.
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