Test for TB if cough persist, says centre in New Corona guidelines

The centre government released a new guidelines for Corona virus. The centre insisted Doctors treating patients with coronavirus disease (Covid-19) should avoid prescribing steroids and get them tested for tuberculosis if severe cough persists.

According to the revised clinical guidelines for the management of adult Covid-19 patients issued by the health ministry on Monday, the use of steroids increases the risk of secondary infections, such as black fungus, and must thus, be avoided.

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The guidelines of the centre suggested testing for Tuberculosis or other conditions if the cough persist of more than two or three weeks.

Warning against the use of steroids in the early stages of clinical treatment, the guidelines stated: “Anti-inflammatory or immunomodulatory therapy (such as steroids) can have risk of secondary infection such as invasive mucormycosis when used too early, at higher dose or for longer than required.”

The health ministry’s Covid National Task Force has also pointed out that there is no evidence to prove the benefits of injectable steroids in patients who do not require oxygen supplementation.

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