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Covid-19: Information for Families

Getting the information you need to help protect yourself and your aging loved ones is vital.


Prevention

To prevent any infection the only way is to prevent contact. There is no vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), so protecting yourself and your family is vital. COVID-19 is transmitted through close contact with an infected human. Respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes can enter or be inhaled in your mouth or nose.

Here are steps you can take to help prevent illness.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Stock up your supplies and medications.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover with a tissue and dispose immediately.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water thoroughly, especially after going to the bathroom.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use a regular household spray or wipe to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you feel sick, contact your doctor.

Caring for Someone Who is Ill

  • Limit Visitors

Enable only those who have an urgent need to be in your home.

  • Keep others apart in the house.

Find the patient a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible. Keep others isolated in your home to prevent exposure.

  • Avoid sharing of household items with patient.

Consider using disposable items such as plates, glasses, cups, and utensils. Avoid towel sharing and bed sheets. Wash them thoroughly after the patient uses these items.

  • Disinfect highly touched areas daily.

Clean these areas/ surfaces with a household cleaning spray every day.

  • Wash laundry thoroughly.

Wash sheets and towels with blood, vomit, or bodily fluids on them immediately. Wear disposable gloves, and keep away from your body soiled objects.