Regarding the initiation of 'outpatient treatment' for asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients in Gyeonggi-do, the government forecast that the expansion of home treatment is inevitable for daily recovery.
Son Young-rae, head of the social strategy division of the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters, said, "The risk of infection transmission is somewhat higher than that of all quarantined treatment and management in a living treatment center," in response to the Suwon city's decision to operate a 'self-treatment-linked short-term treatment center' in the near future. .
The self-treatment-linked short-term treatment center refers to an operating method in which asymptomatic or mild patients who are infected with COVID-19, stay at home and self-medicate and develop abnormal symptoms, consult with the quarantine authorities and face-to-face treatment with a doctor in a medical institution.
Director Sohn said that this method may have a slightly higher risk of transmission than full isolation treatment, but it is necessary to take into account that the fatality rate of asymptomatic or mild patients is decreasing in the direction of restoring daily life.
"Even if the risk of transmission increases to a certain extent, it is very important to treat at home and relieve the burden on the medical system," he said.
Yesterday (14th) among the new confirmed cases in the metropolitan area, there were 59 patients who were treated at home, of which 17 were children under the age of 12, the rest were 1 child guardian, 20 self-treatment requesters, 18 single adult households, etc.