In these tough covid times, as our country struggles to find its feet, each one of us is required to follow the norms and be prepared. We need to understand the gravity of the situation and act accordingly. Being aware of what to do when one of our family members is covid positive is one of those essential information downloads.
Implement physical distancing
According to WHO and expert opinion, the key to fighting COVID-19 is through physical distancing. If you have a family member who has tested positive, then ensuring that the patient is in isolation is the way forward. If possible, a COVID-19 positive person should be kept away in isolation in a well-ventilated room. Shared spaces such as washrooms should be sanitized and used with caution as well. However, if a separate room can’t be arranged, try and enforce a physical gap of one meter from the patient at all times.
Mask it up
Sharing space with a COVID-19 positive person will require you to wear a medical mask when in proximity to the patient. The patient should too be wearing a mask. To curb the virus, double masking is the key. No one should touch or tamper with the mask when in use. After you are done communicating, or have left the infected room, discard the mask and wash your hands thoroughly.
Separate out linens and dishes
COVID-19 patients should be given separate linens, towels, cutlery and dishes. All such products should be washed up with soap and water and should not be shared under any circumstances. Having a dedicated line of items will limit the spread of infection to other family members.
Disinfecting items and places
Frequently touched places by the ill person should be disinfected and cleaned a few times a day. Everyone in the family should often wash hands and the primary caregiver (try and limit the number of caregivers to one) should wash hands thoroughly after having served to the patient. Furthermore, waste from the patient should be packed in tightly closed bags before they are disposed.
Get yourself tested
Living with a COVID-19 positive patient means there is an added responsibility on you and that is to ensure that the disease does not spread any further. Try to avoid coming in direct contact with the patient. Even if you have taken care of all the directives, you must get yourself tested. This means that even though you might not show any symptoms and feel perfectly fine, you could be a carrier of the virus. It becomes imperative for the family members of the infected person to get themselves tested and if results come out positive, then they should too,move in isolation.
Manage your anxiety
Covid is not just any flu. In times such as these, there have been enough stressors and managing your anxiety has become even more important. Just as worried we are when a known or a family member is sick, one is bound to feel anxious when COVID-19 hits in your own home. Try to remain calm and follow all guidelines properly in such situations. Remind yourself that the recovery rate in cases of infection is high. Having a positive mind state for yourself and for the patient is imperative at this point of time.
As per WHO guidelines, those with symptoms should stay isolated for a minimum of ten days after the first day of developing symptoms, and additional three days after the end of the symptoms – when they are without fever and without respiratory trouble. People who are asymptomatic, should stay isolated for a minimum of 10 days after testing positive.