Handling Your Home If A Family Member Shows Signs Of Coronavirus

April 23, 2020
CORONAVIRUS

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One of the biggest fears for households is that a member of your family suddenly starts displaying coronavirus symptoms. Just as you prepare your family for a hurricane, now is when you should be getting your plan together on how to handle a potentially infected family member.  The symptoms of the virus can include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as well as fatigue, aches and pains, and a sore throat.  If you suspect someone being sick, put your plan into action. People who are sick should not go anywhere they can spread the illness. Designate an isolation room that is comfortable where the person can remain for the entire duration of their illness. Ideally the isolation room should have windows that could open to circulate air and provide natural sunlight, and a door that can shut as well as a bathroom attached for nearby. If the infected person doesn't have access to a private bathroom, make sure you and you other family members are using gloves and a face mask when using the common bathroom. The caregiver should disinfect the bathroom every time the sick person uses it. As for the caregiver, it should be the healthiest person in the house who is least likely get complications from Covid-19 if infected. They are in charge of food, medicine, comfort, reassurance, changing the linens, cleaning the room, and helping with bathing and personal hygiene if necessary. The caregiver will need to maintain a more vigilant level of cleanliness when it comes to handling anything in the sick person’s room and bringing it out into shared spaces. The CDC says to handle any used dishes, glasses, and silverware with gloves before washing with soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. The CDC also recommends leaving a dedicated, lined trash can in the isolation room and using gloves when disposing of trash. When it comes time for laundering clothes, bedding and towels, use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. The good news is they don’t need to be washed separately from other household laundry, but do avoid shaking the dirty laundry, as it could spread germs. Don’t forget to disinfect the clothes hamper between loads. If your sick family member starts to feel better, keep them in isolation until all symptoms are gone for at least 72 hours. The CDC says the decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. 

SOURCE: The Healthy

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