Majority of the COVID-19 positive patients recover at home and do not need hospitalization, according to the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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It is essential to know the necessary precautions and steps to follow should someone get infected with the Covid-19 disease. Over 20% of the patients who have had the Covid-19 did not require hospital treatment and recovered at home. If someone in the family gets infected and is dependent to taken care of at home, it is a must to understand how to care of an infected individual while protecting one’s own self.
The CDC has rolled out a guideline for caring for COVID-19+ve patient at home. The first step that needs to be taken is to call the healthcare provider if an individual or a family member experiences these symptoms of Covid-19 including fever, shortness of breath, dry coughs, fatigue, muscle and body aches, and diarrhea. It is imperative to go for Covid-19 diagnoses test. Patient may be directed to the nearby testing center or to the hospital.
Since the diagnosis tests are running short, physicians may ask the individual to stay at home to start the quarantine if they are experiencing initial symptoms. If the symptoms are mild, CDC says, most cases of Covid-19 are able to recover at home without medical care.
However, the mild cases are still contagious and can be transmitted to other individuals and contract the disease. Therefore, it is wise to not allow outsiders for home visits. Moreover, pets need to keep away from the infected person as cats and dogs have been reported to contract the disease from their owners previously.
Necessary Support for Sick Indivduals at Home and Warning Signs
Provide the necessary support to the family member who is sick and cover all of their basic needs. Make sure the medications are available such as acetaminophen called Tylenol sometimes. Ensure the adequate fluid intake of the patient and assist them in their grocery shopping, and filling prescriptions. Try to use a delivery service if it is must to get these items. Furthermore, keep all the information and contact details of their healthcare provider.
Self-protection while Caring for Someone Who is Sick at Home
As Covid-19 is chronically contagious and transfers from person to person via respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing, the CDC recommends limiting distance of at least six feet. A sick individual or individual with weak immune system and underlying disease cannot care for the Covid-19 infected individuals as they are at highest risk of dying from contracting the virus. It is advised to use separate bathrooms and isolated rooms for infected person and no one should visit that area. The room should be ventilated with open windows. In case there is a shared space at home, make sure air flow is very good. If plenty of air circulation is not present, then try turning on the fan and open windows to improve the air circulation as it helps in removing the “respiratory droplets” from the air.
Current evidence shows that Covid-19 doesn’t transfer from food to food. However, it is still imperative to take necessary precautions.