COVID 19: Tips for caring for infected people at home
With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, more and more families are becoming infected with the virus.
It only takes one person to spread the virus, which can then easily pass through a household.
With movement outside the home now restricted in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, sharing confined quarters with someone with COVID puts everyone at risk.
It is important to protect yourself and your family members in these situations.
Here are some things you can do to protect yourself if someone in your home is infected.
According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an infected person should be isolated from other people in the home. If you have enough space and bedrooms, the person should be confined to a separate room and bathroom for the duration of their illness, unless their condition worsens and they need to be hospitalized.
Isolated sick people should eat and drink in their own rooms or in areas away from others.
If you have no choice but to share a space with a sick person. Make sure the room has good air circulation. Open windows for good air circulation, which helps remove respiratory droplets from the air.
Sick people should wear a mask before entering a room or interacting with others.
Do not encourage visitors.
Make sure the patient is comfortable and has all the medications they need.
Caregivers should not be people considered to be at high risk.
Monitor the sick person daily and stay in contact with the relevant medical experts. Call for emergency help if the person’s condition deteriorates.
All dishes, cups or utensils used by a sick person should be washed with hot water and soap.
Use gloves to wash items and clean your hands after handling used items.
Do not share dishes, cups / glasses, silverware, towels, bedding, or electronic devices (such as a cell phone) with the sick person.
Make sure all bedding and clothing for the infected person is kept separate from the linens. Change and wash infected bedding and clothing daily if possible.
Wear gloves when touching or coming into contact with the sick person’s blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, mucus, vomit, and urine. Dispose of the gloves in a lined bin and wash your hands immediately
Put on a mask and ask the sick person to put on a mask before entering the room. Do not put masks on children under two years old.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Tell everyone at home to do the same, especially after being around the sick person.
Avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes, etc. with unwashed hands
Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often such as light switches, table tops, doorknobs, cell phones, etc.
Limit your interaction with people outside your home.