How Do I Take Care of a Loved One Who Has COVID-19 While Protecting Myself?

It feels like the whole world has come to a screeching halt in efforts to control the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. That’s because worst-case estimates predict that this highly contagious disease could eventually infect more than 100 million Americans. Fortunately, there are still ways you can protect yourself, even when caring for a loved one with COVID-19.

Most people with coronavirus have mild symptoms and can recover at home, but they’re still highly contagious. The team at RevaMed Primary Care Associates, with offices in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Greenacres, Florida, recommend taking these steps to help reduce the spread of this infectious virus.

Reduce contact

When someone in your home develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, you should separate them from other people and pets as much as possible. Ideally, they should stay in one room and use their own bathroom, if possible.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

Other symptoms that may or may not be present include:

Contact your health care provider immediately if your sick loved one is at risk of developing complications due to their age or an underlying health condition. You should also call us if they have emergency warning symptoms, like bluish lips or face, confusion, persistent pressure or pain in their chest, or difficulty breathing.

Don’t share

While you should never share items with someone who’s sick with a cold or flu, it’s even more important if they have COVID-19. 

Examples of these items include: 

You should also frequently disinfect any surfaces they come in contact with, like counters, doorknobs, and tabletops. If you have to deal with soiled laundry, we recommend wearing disposable gloves when handling it while holding it away from your body. And, after removing your disposable gloves, discard them in a closed container and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based rub.

Cover up

In most cases, you don’t have to wear a mask to avoid getting COVID-19 when you’re healthy.

However, we recommend wearing one to reduce your chances of exposure when caring for someone who is infected. You can also have your loved one wear a mask to help lessen the chances of spreading the virus, especially if they’re coughing or sneezing. If masks aren’t available, encourage your loved one to practice good respiratory hygiene by covering their nose and mouth with a tissue and disposing of it in a closed container immediately after use.

It’s important to note that wearing a mask doesn’t make you invincible against COVID-19. You still have to frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use antibacterial rubs. It’s also crucial not to touch your eyes, nose, face, or the front of your mask. And, when you’re done interacting with your loved one, properly dispose of the mask in a closed bin.

For more tips on caring for a loved one with COVID-19 while protecting yourself and the rest of your household, contact us by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.




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