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Help and protect yourself: what you need to know if there is a sick COVID-19 in your home

Most people affected by COVID-19 have a mild illness and can recover at home. Proper patient care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect people at risk of serious illness from coronavirus. What you need to know and how to protect yourself is described on the website. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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If you care for a sick person at home, watch for signs of a worsening situation, prevent the spread of germs, treat symptoms and carefully monitor when you should see a doctor or you can finish home isolation.

IMPORTANT! Older people and people of any age with certain serious lung and heart diseases, as well as diabetes, are at high risk of developing more serious complications caused by COVID-19. Therefore, they should seek medical help as soon as they discover the symptoms of the disease.

If you are caring for someone who has confirmed coronavirus or is suspected of having COVID-19, it is very important to monitor the condition of the person so as not to miss the worsening of symptoms.

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Always have your doctor’s contact information at hand. If symptoms worsen, contact your doctor. In case of emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that the person is sick or suspected of having COVID-19.

People who have appeared severe signs of COVID-19should see a doctor immediately. The main signs of the disease:

  • shortness of breath or shortness of breath;
  • persistent pain or pressure in the chest;
  • confusion;
  • bluish lips or face.

There may be other specific symptoms. therefore a doctor’s consultation is required.

How to prevent the spread of germs during patient care:

  • Ask a sick person stay in a separate room for as long as possibleaway from other people, including you. If possible, ask him to use a private bathroom.
  • Avoid sharing personal items household items such as dishes, towels and bedding.
  • If there are facial masks, ask the patient wear a maskwhen he is near people, including you. If the patient cannot wear a face mask, then others should do this, being with him in the same room.
  • Often wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after communicating with a sick person. If soap and water are not available, use disinfectant for hands that contains not less than 60% alcohol. Cover the entire surface of your hands and rub until the skin is dry.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • everyday clean all surfacesoften touched, such as countertops and door handles.
  • Use household cleaners or wipes according to instructions on the label.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
  • When washing dirty laundry, put on disposable gloves and keep contaminated objects away from the body while washing. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
  • Avoid unnecessary visitors.

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For any additional care questions, contact your doctor or local health department.

How to ensure the correct treatment of symptoms:

  • Make sure the patient drinks a lot of liquid and resting.
  • Medicines over-the-counter may help fight symptoms.
  • Most people symptoms last several days and pass within a week.

When can I stop home isolation?

People with COVID-19 who have been treated at home can stop home isolation if they cannot get tested for coronavirus under the following conditions:

  • They have there was no fever for at least 72 hours (i.e. three full days without fever without the use of a medicine that reduces fever).
  • Others symptoms started to fade (e.g., coughing or shortness of breath).
  • Since the onset of symptoms at least 7 days have passed.

If the patient passes the test to determine if he is still contagious, he can stop isolation under the following conditions:

  • The patient no more fever (without the use of drugs that reduce fever).
  • Other symptoms have improved (e.g., coughing or shortness of breath).
  • The patient received two negative tests for the presence of coronavirus in a row, with an interval of 24 hours.

As reported by ForumDaily:

  • A new virus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. In 2020, it covered all continents except Antarctica. On March 11, US President Donald Trump imposed a ban on entering the United States from EU countries. The ban came into force on Friday, March 13, and will last at least 30 days. In particular, it will concern people who have visited the Schengen area over the past 14 days.
  • March 13 Trump due to coronavirus introduced a nationwide emergency regime in the US.
  • On March 11, WHO recognized the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, which covered more than 110 countries. Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19 Disease Available here.
  • Virologist's tips on how to protect yourself from infection - link.
  • Taking advantage of the panic in the society because of the epidemic, fraudsters came up with several schemes to deceive victims of personal data and money. The most common ones can be found here.
  • Having succumbed to panic due to a state of emergency, Americans are massively buying toilet paperbut they cannot explain why they need it during the epidemic.
  • Trump has signed into law on paid leave due to coronavirus. Who can count on paid leave, read here.
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The material is published for educational purposes and is not a medical recommendation. ForumDaily is not responsible for the consequences of self-medication and may not share the views of the author or expert.

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