How to care for someone in your family with COVID-19

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People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are usually able to isolate at home during their illness. However, it may be recommended to take these additional steps:

  • Separate family members with COVID-19 from others as much as possible. The person with the virus should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Ideally, they should use a separate bathroom, if available. Limit visitors in the house.
  • Avoid contact with pets. This includes petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
  • Call ahead before visiting the doctor. This will help them take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • Wear a facemask. The CDC only recommends facemasks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19, not for people who are healthy. Healthcare workers and anyone taking care of someone with COVID-19 should wear facemasks.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Don’t share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in the home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Extra cleaning for all “high-touch” surfaces. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipes and follow the instructions on the label.
  • Monitor symptoms. Call your doctor right away if the illness gets worse.

Source: healthychildren.org