Keep the provider’s contact information handy and if the patient displays a sudden shortness of breath, bluish lips or they seem confused, do not hesitate to contact emergency care where you live.
After a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:
The infected person should stay in their own bedroom and use their bathroom. They should isolate for 10 days and until fever-free. If the person cannot have their own room, open a window a bit so fresh air can circulate in the home.
“This is about not breathing the same air, not touching what they touch and keeping a space of 6 feet between the patient and anyone else in the home,” Dr. Healy said. “Following some simple tips can minimize the risk to others in your household.”
- The infected household member should wear a mask when around others.
- Do not share personal products, towels or anything else.
- Stay 6 feet away from the infected person, even when wearing a mask.
- Other household members should wear gloves when caring for a loved one (doing laundry, taking their temperature).
- Take temperature twice a day for every member in the household.
- See that the person who is ill gets plenty of fluids and rest.
- Limit contact between the ill person and a household pet.
- The ill person should sleep in separate rooms and beds if possible.
- Do not allow visitors in the household.