How do I care for myself or someone I live with who becomes sick with Covid-19?

Families Infection and Spread Staying Safe

A: Most cases of Covid-19 are managed at home.

Considering what this might look like in your home can prepare you for this unwelcome but possible event and help limit the spread of infection within your home. The Learning Agency Lab Covid-19 @ Home Toolkit (link to this gem below) provides resources for how to prepare, track, manage, and seek hospital care for individuals and caregivers at home.

Decreasing the spread of infection within your home is really important. Small children, cramped quarters, and multiple housemates can make that really difficult. When someone becomes ill, remember to stick to the basics of washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask (inside too when feasible), keeping distance from the sick individual when possible, and wiping common surfaces with a disinfectant. This can be done by separating household members to a sick area and a quarantine area. Exposed household members should quarantine to prevent further spread even if they are not demonstrating symptoms.

The idea of isolating household members from each other while potentially providing care to someone who is sick may seem daunting and impossible. Remember that infection control is not an all or nothing pursuit. Every hand washing session, snot shooter from a toddler that doesn’t go in your eye, and day spent on the opposite sides of a door decreases the amount of virus being shared and that’s a good thing. Give it your best and know that it will not be perfect. Friends and neighbors can help by leaving food on the doorstep, being on-call for emergencies, and by offering space for quarantine when additional separate quarters exist.

The Learning Agency Lab Covid-19 @ Home Toolkit

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