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.