Getting the right information as a caregiver in order to keep yourself safe and those you care for is essential.
As the UK is dealing with the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease outbreak, we have mentioned some of the different precautions healthcare and home care workers should take in their everyday life to reduce the spread of this highly infectious virus.
Here are steps you can take to help prevent illness.
They may include guidelines for medication, nutrition, rest and when to seek additional medical assistance.
The gloves should be discarded and disposed of after removing personal protective equipment.
Clean your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately.
Then remove and dispose of the face mask, and with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer quickly clean your hands again.
Do not reuse gloves and face masks.
Contact the healthcare provider, and report any symptoms that worsen. When there is a medical emergency, call 911 to inform them that the patient has COVID-19, or is being treated for it.
You may need to help in getting groceries, picking up medications and other personal needs.
Before disposing with other household waste, place contaminated gloves, face masks and other items in a sealed container.
After handling, clean your hands immediately.