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How to Quarantine Your Home if Someone has COVID-19

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:11 PM

Being prepared has never been more appropriate than right now, in the midst of a global pandemic. Many of us will face the harsh reality that someone we know and love, maybe ourselves, will become infected with the novel coronavirus.

People with mild symptoms of COVID-19 can recover at home, say experts. According to CNN, there are certain steps you should take to ensure that the rest of the household doesn’t become ill. That means taking special care to isolate the infected person and taking precautions to create a safe environment.

The CDC has issued these guidelines for general preparedness:

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. That includes household members, relative and friends about what you can all do to help each other.
  • Establish procedures for those with underlying medical conditions who might be at greater risk for serious complications from the virus. The CDC recommends working with your healthcare provider to get more information.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Discuss emergency planning with the people in your community. Create or join a neighborhood website or social media page so that you can share information and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list. Make sure that you establish a list of emergency contacts for friends, family and neighbors as well as healthcare providers, public health departments and other community resources.

For specific home safety when someone has COVID-19, the CDC suggests:

*Choose a room in your home, preferably with its own bathroom, for those who are sick.

  • Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. Provide the person who is ill with clean, disposable facemasks to wear at home. Clean the sick room and bathroom as needed but avoid any unnecessary contact with the sick person.
  • Clean all surfaces with soap and water and then disinfect with an EPA approved product. Always follow the manufacturers instructions. In addition to bathroom surfaces, tackle light switches, faucets and sinks, cabinet handles, doorknobs, phones and keyboards.
  • Leave food and drink at the door. “You can have a healthy person leave the sick one food and drinks at the door, and then go wash their hands,” Dr. Tanya Altmann, a noted pediatrician, tells CNN. “Wear gloves to pick up the empty plates, take them back to the kitchen and wash them in hot soap and water, or preferably with a dishwasher, and then wash your hands again.
  • Keep laundry separate. The CDC recommends that caregivers use disposable gloves for handling the sick person’s dirty laundry and avoid shaking the dirty clothes in prevent dispersing the virus into the air.
  • Dedicate a lined trash can for any tissues or paper goods used by a sick person, the CDC says. “Use gloves when removing garbage bags, handling and disposing of trash,” the agency adds.
  • Have on hand basic supplies. These include thermometers, medications to reduce fever such as acetaminophen, disposable gloves and face masks, a 60-90-day supply of prescription medication, soap and water, and 70% alcohol-based home sanitizer, says CNN. In addition, have on hand basic paper goods such as tissues and regular cleaning supplies.
  • Take care of the emotional health of your household members. These outbreaks, and of course being quarantined, can cause stress and anxiety for both adults and children, says the CDC. As part of your preparedness plan, make sure you talk with your children about the outbreak, stay calm and reassure them that they are safe.

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