What if a loved one at home may have CoVid-19?

What if a loved one at home may have CoVid-19?

You should take many of the same precautions as you would if you were caring for someone with the flu. Stay in another room or be separated from the person as much as possible. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available. Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow. Turn on fans or open a window but avoid air conditioning as the virus may prefer cooler temperatures.

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, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

The mucous in your nose and mouth if the first line of defense against airborne virus. Drink water regularly, but don’t gargle – as it may aspirate the virus into your lungs. Swallow the water or carefully spit it out. The virus will most likely be destroyed by your hostile gut environment. Taking any type of antacid will reduce your gut’s ability to quickly destroy the virus or any pathogen.

Extra precautions for COVID-19

You and the person should wear a face mask if you are in the same room.

Wear a disposable face mask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the person’s blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine.

Throw out disposable face masks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.

First remove and throw away gloves. Then, immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Next, remove and throw away the face mask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with the person who is sick. After the person uses these items, wash them thoroughly.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash laundry thoroughly during the Pandemic

Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.

Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands immediately after removing your gloves.

Place all used disposable gloves, face masks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items.

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