The widespread of the virus has left us with nowhere to go, even the hospitals all are acquired. In these times, if your loved ones get infected it is safe to keep them in home isolation with all the necessary precautions. Home care can be provided if the symptoms are mild or if there is no availability of resources in the hospital. The patients who have been discharged from the hospital after being given the required intervention may also be given care at home.
The World Health Organisation tweeted a guide that can help you look after your family member as a caregiver.
Here Is The Guide For Family And Caregivers For Managing Covid 19 At home:
- Identify one household member to be the caregiver. He/she should not have any high-risk factors and the fewest contacts with people outside.
- A separate room is important that is well ventilated. Prepare a separate room or isolated space for the person with COVID-19 infection.
- Open a window to improve ventilation and increase the circulation of fresh air.
- Do not allow visitors and try to avoid close contact (less than 1metre) with the infected person.
- Everyone should wear a medical mask when in the same room with the infected person.
- Clean hand frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially those touched by the person with COVID-19 infection.
- Use separate dishes, cups, eating utensils, and bedding from the infected person.
- The person with COVID-19 infection should rest, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food; continue any medication for chronic conditions.
- Take paracetamol/acetaminophen for fever and/or body pain according to the instructions. Antibiotics are not effective against COVID-19 infection.
- Monitor the person with COVID-19 infection’ symptoms regularly. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you see any of these danger signs:
– Difficulty in breathing
– Chest pain
– Loss of speech or mobility
During pregnancy, women over the age of 35, obesity and chronics conditions are also considered to be high-risk factors. A pulse monitor can be used to monitor the oxygen levels, check the oxygen levels twice a day if the infected person has high-risk factors.
The waste produced while isolated should be packed in string bags and disposed off carefully as soon as possible. The caregiver can use disposable gloves and PPE(personal protection equipment) kits while providing care. Fresh homemade food can build immunity and make the person feel better rather than providing packaged or processed food.
It is necessary to follow all precautions and stay safe while providing care to the infected person. The virus can spread as fast as through any medium. So your safety is also important with the infected person’s care.