We have been hearing about the ongoing pandemic for months now, and all it has done is made us fearful. Rightly so, the disease can be fatal. But what we are missing out is, understanding as to what should be done when someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19.
In this article, we will discuss ten things you should do when someone tests positive for COVID-19. (Please note that the item is not a work of fiction or written to state personal experiences. It is written under the light of “Caring for Someone Sick at Home” on the Centers for Disease Control Prevention’s (CDC) website.)
The patient must isolate themselves from other people in the house in a separate room where they do not make any kind of contact. It is essential not to use the same bathrooms as well.
2. Get in contact with a doctor
It is essential to stay in the loop with a doctor and not self medicate the patient. Inform the doctor how the patient is doing daily.
Buy an oximeter and keep checking the saturation levels of the patient. Anything below 95 is not a good sign. Some people may show mild symptoms, while some may show severe symptoms. As a caretaker, you must make the call of taking the patient to a hospital if oxygen levels drop.
The patients with COVID-19 usually lose a sense of smell and taste. They will likely refuse to eat, but you, as a caretaker, must make sure they eat superfoods.
The patient may need to hydrate; different fluids must be consumed, such as energy drinks, water, juices, etc.
6. Avoid Sharing
Once the patient is in isolation, there is no need to share any items, including electronics, hairbrushes, slippers, etc.
Use a Spray bottle to spray four parts water and 1 part disinfectant mixed in the entire house. Give a separate container to the patient to disinfect the room where they are isolating. Make sure to clean high touching points.
If in case you make contact with doors, items with the patient, you must wash hands and sanitize frequently. Unwashed hands can transfer COVID-19 germs to other people in the house.
9. Use Disposable Cutlery
Do not share the same cutlery. For COVID-19 patients, cutlery should be disposed of responsibly after being used.
The patient’s laundry should be washed inside the isolation room. Make the necessary arrangements as a caretaker.
You must be ready for any kind of emergency as patients can show severe signs later.
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
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