Taking care of yourself or a loved one suffering from COVID-19
Amid the pandemic and the Coronavirus outbreak, it is essential to stay calm and understand that most people who get sick with COVID-19 can recover from home with only a minor illness. Home care can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect people at risk of serious illness. Monitor a person to see if symptoms worsen. Observe the emergency warning signs. Provide contact information for your healthcare provider.
Caring for someone at home
When caring for a sick person, don’t spread germs and stay as far away from the infected individual as possible. If possible, use separate bathrooms and do not share personal household items such as utensils, towels and bedding.
If masks are available, ask them to wear them when you are around people. If a sick person is unable to wear a face mask, the mask should be worn by the caretaker, while in the same room. If a sick person needs to be around someone else (indoor, vehicle or doctor’s office), a face mask must be worn.
Prevent touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds regularly and with compulsion after interacting with the infected individual. Carry sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content with you at all times and use in case if soap and water are unavailable.
Clean all frequent contact surfaces such as counters, tablets, and door handles daily. Use a household cleaning spray or clean according to the directions on the label.
Wash clothes well. If your clothes get dirty, wear disposable gloves and keep objects away from your body during clothing. Immediately, wash hands rigorously after removing gloves
Avoid having any unnecessary visitors and make sure the infected individual intake a lot of fluids and stay hydrated. Resting at home is essential for recovery along with over-the-counter medications that can help with the symptoms. For the majority of patients, symptoms can remain for a few days and recovery may start after a week.
Caring for yourself
Cover up when you cough or sneeze.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Stay in a specific room as far as possible and stay away from others in your home. Also, if possible, a separate bathroom should be used. If you have to be with other people inside or outside the house, wear a face mask at all times.
Do not share personal items with others at home, such as tableware, towels, and bedding.
Clean all frequent contact surfaces such as counters, tablets and door handles. Use a household cleaning spray or clean as directed on the label.
It is imperative to stay indoors and practice social distancing. Play your part in saving the lives of others and stopping the pandemic from spreading. Exercise the cleanliness guidelines provided by the WHO in your daily routine in order to not infect others as well as worsen your own or a loved ones condition.