Household Members, Intimate partners, and Caregivers Should Take Extra Precautions

These precautions will protect you and your loved ones at home. Our goal is to lessen the spread of the virus.  

Close contacts should also follow these recommendations:

  • Monitor the symptoms. If the person is getting sicker, call their healthcare provider and schedule an appointment or setup a tele-health visit.  Make sure to tell them that the patient is sick. This will help the facility plan appropriately. Try and get a mask for them to protect others. 
  • Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible and possibly use a separate bedroom and bathroom.
  • Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
  • Shared spaces in the home have good airflow, consider opening a window. 
  • And of course, perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol… It may seem obvious but cover all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  It is well known that we unconsciously touch our faces often. Be AWARE of this. 
  • As emphasized in an earlier video, The individual with symptoms should wear a facemask when they are around other people. If the person is not able to wear a facemask , you, as the caregiver, should wear a mask when you are in the same room. 
  • Avoid sharing household items with the sick person. You should not share dishes, glasses, towels, or bedding. Make sure to wash them thoroughly after
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, phones, EVERYDAY. 
    • Use a household cleaning spray or wipes 
  • If you have been in contact with an ill person, take a shower and put on a fresh set of clothes on. Wash laundry thoroughly.
    • Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have bodily fluids.
    • Wear disposable gloves while handling them, do the best to keep them away from your body.
    • In general, normal laundry detergent is fine and dry them at the warmest temperatures recommended for the material

 

Warm Regards,

Dr. Praveen V Arla