COVID-19 is the biggest pandemic to hit our country and our world in our lifetime. It has sickened thousands of Americans and over a million worldwide and lead to the shutdown of schools, government offices and facilities, and all nonessential businesses in much of the US. To date, it has taken around 60,000 lives around the globe.
For most people, the coronavirus will consist of mild symptoms that last around 7 days. But others, especially the elderly and people with other underlying conditions and compromised immune systems, will experience severe symptoms that could result in death, which is why following the CDC’s guidelines for prevention and treatment is absolutely imperative.
So what do you do if someone in your home gets coronavirus? Like we said before, most people will only experience mild symptoms that last about a week. If this is the case for your loved one, they will stay at home for the duration of their illness unless it worsens. In this instance, the first thing to be done is to quarantine that individual to one room. If possible, designate one bathroom for their use only during quarantine and always avoid sharing household items like towels, sheets, blankets, etc. Wear facemasks if available, especially when you are interacting with the sick person and have them wear a mask anytime they are around others, like when they have to be in a car to ride to a doctor’s appointment.
In addition to quarantining your patient, you should also:
- Monitor their symptoms for signs of trouble such as:
- Worsening of symptoms
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- Confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish discoloration in the lips or face
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the sick person.
- Clean commonly used surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, sinks, appliances, etc.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
- Wash laundry often and thoroughly. Have your sick loved one keep their laundry separated from others so you can reduce contamination.
- Decline unnecessary visitors.
- Treat your sick loved one’s symptoms.
- Keep them hydrated and resting.
- Give them OTC meds like Tylenol to treat symptoms
When to end Isolation
Ending isolation once your loved one is recovered is contingent on a few things. If they plan to get tested to confirm the end of their illness, they’ll need two negative tests taken 24 hours apart, no fever, and improvement of other symptoms before being cleared. If they do not planned to get tested, they will need to go at least 3 days without fever, experience continued improvement of symptoms, and wait until at least 7 days have passed since their first symptoms.
If your loved one experiences worsening of symptoms, get them medical attention immediately. If you are sick and need help, contact EliteCare via text or call at 662-348-3342 now.