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Caring for someone with COVID-19 at Home

Observe the precautions below. At a minimum you or the infected person can – monitor the person’s temperature and observe their respiratory distress level. Are they having trouble breathing, or have a a feeling of shortness of breath? If their fever does not subside and respiratory stress is increasing, consult a health professional – it may be time to go to the hospital.

If you are caring for someone who is positive for COVID-19 or is showing symptoms:

  • If you are caring for someone who is positive for COVID-19 or is showing symptoms:
  • Stay home and self-quarantine.  Avoid contact with the sick person as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently especially after contact with the sick person. 
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a facemask  if entering a sick person’s common space.  Do not reuse facemasks.  
  • Avoid sharing personal items including but not limited to dishes, utensils, glasses and phones.
  • Wear gloves if handling any bodily fluids of the sick person including, but not limited to, blood, urine, feces, saliva, vomit and/or mucous secretions.
  • Wear gloves when handling soiled laundry that may contain bodily fluids and/or excretions of the sick person.  Do not shake the laundry.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces on a daily basis.  These would include phones, bedside tables, tablets, doorknobs, countertops, bathroom fixtures, faucets, toilets.   Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
  • Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the house.
  • Avoid public areas including work, school and any other public area.
  • Avoid public transportation including taxis and ride share services like UBER or LYFT.
  • If shared spaces are essential in the home ensure good air flow.  Turn on your air conditioner or open a window.
  • Get rest, stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet.

Monitor symptoms.  If symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.   In the event of an emergency and need 911… inform dispatch that you are positive for COVID-19.