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07th Jun 2021

Vattikuti Foundation

How Do You Manage to Quarantine at Home When One Member of the Family Has COVID

Are you struggling to quarantine at home with an infected family member? Follow the given guidelines to quarantine at home effectively.

Quarantining has become quite the norm since the dawn of the COVID-19 epidemic. However, it gets harder to do it if you have an infected family member living in the same facility as you. Caring for someone who has COVID-19 can be challenging as you are not only risking your own health but also the wellbeing of the rest of the family. If you’re wondering how to quarantine at home with family, here are a few guidelines to help you through the process.
Basics of Quarantine
The infected person should be kept isolated at all times. This means giving them a separate bedroom and bathroom that is at least 6 feet (2-meters) away from where the rest of the family is staying. COVID-19 tends to spread through respiratory droplets when someone sneezes or coughs. In densely populated homes and in joint family dwellings, it may be challenging to keep the norms of the quarantine.
It is essential to avoid having visitors at all costs, especially anyone who are consideresd a higher risk of getting infected.
Guidelines for Caregivers:

Wash utensils with hot water and gloves  
Any dishes, glasses, or cups used by the sick person should be handled with gloves and not bare hands. Additionally, the caregivers must either wash them in a dishwasher or with soap and hot water.
Avoid sharing personal items
Understanding how to quarantine at home with family can be trickier than you thought. This is because we tend to share everyday items of use with each other. However, when it comes to sharing a space with an infected family member, sharing items such as towels, cups, dishes, glasses, electronic items, or bedding should be avoided religiously.
Disinfect your house
An important aspect of observing quarantine at home is to get it disinfected every day. Clean your house with a product containing detergent or soap. Clean all surfaces that have been touched, especially after having visitors at home. Some high-touch surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, countertops, and remote controls.
Wear a mask
Before you enter the patient’s room, wear a mask and have them wear one too. Additionally, wear gloves before touching any kind of fluid around them. It can also include their urine, saliva, vomit, mucus, etc.
Wash your hands
Make sure to wash your hands every now and then with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Soap has been proven to kill the Covid-19 virus.  Encourage the rest of the family to do the same too. Keep sanitizers at every corner of your house for use in case there isn’t plenty of soap and water available. Keep your hands off your nose, eyes, and mouth as much as possible.
Stock up your house
Being in quarantine can affect your ability to access markets and get daily supplies. Therefore, always keep your house stocked up with all necessary grocery items before you start isolating or have someone drop them by at your door.

Final thought:
As a caregiver, you must also monitor your health on a daily basis by looking out for the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc., and follow the given guidelines seriously.

Disclaimer:

Please note: this blog post is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to replace the guidance of your personal physician. Please consult a medical professional if you have any concerns after reading this or other blog posts on this website.

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