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Practical Tips on How to Take Care of a COVID-19 Patient at Home

Check out these tips on how to take care of a COVID-19 patient at home.

By: Shanice Reyes | April 21, 2021

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It’s important to protect yourself while attending to someone with COVID-19 at home.


As new coronavirus cases increase, most hospitals and health facilities in the country are filling up the capacity of their COVID-19 wards. With this current situation in play, it might be necessary for an infected patient to undergo quarantine in his or her abode.

Does someone you live with get infected with COVID-19? If you need tips for caring for a patient at home without getting infected and spreading the virus to others, keep reading. Below are five tips for caring for a patient at home from medical experts that you should follow to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.


1. Limit contact with the COVID-19 patient.


The first step towards taking care of someone with COVID-19 is to isolate them in a separate room. Medical experts advise that only one healthy person should provide care to a COVID-19 patient at home. It is also not advisable to share personal items such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils, and devices with an infected member. Experts also recommend that household members use a separate bathroom from the ill person.



2. Wear proper equipment to protect yourself from the virus.


While there is a COVID-19 patient at home, household members need to wear personal protective equipment to keep themself away from the virus—especially the caregiver. When attending to the patient, it is advisable to wear disposable medical gloves, a medical mask, and eye protection for safety. Other members in the house should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


3. Keep your environment and surroundings sanitized at all times.


After using medical masks, gloves, and other contaminated items, dispose of them in a separate container. In terms of contaminated laundry, secure them in a separate plastic liner and wash them with regular laundry soap and hot water. Medical experts also advise household members to disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, television remotes, toilets, and laundry containers frequently.


4. Monitor yourself and other members for symptoms.


When you live under the same roof as an ill person, it is important to isolate yourself to avoid spreading the virus to the community. You can quarantine yourself at home for 14 days from your last exposure and contact your barangay. Meanwhile, keep your immune system healthy and take steps to avoid infection.



5. Make sure you have enough essential supplies at home.


Make sure you have the following in stock: medical masks, face shield or goggles, disposable surgical gloves, disposable paper towels, tissues, waste container, over-the-counter medication, hand soap and dish soap, alcohol-based sanitizer, and regular household cleaning products and disinfectants. In addition to these, having a thermometer and access to running water is also necessary.


While symptoms are mild, it is better for the patient to stay at home, isolate themselves from other household members, and take note of these basic health protocols while recovering. If the illness gets worse, the next step is to promptly seek medical attention from the nearest health care facility.


Need more information on COVID-19 or vaccination updates on senior citizens in nursing home facilities? Visit Yoorekka.


All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

COVID-19, COVID-19 Patient, patient, hospitals, isolate, surgical gloves, health facilities, nursing home, medical gloves

It’s important to protect yourself while attending to someone with COVID-19 at home.


As new coronavirus cases increase, most hospitals and health facilities in the country are filling up the capacity of their COVID-19 wards. With this current situation in play, it might be necessary for an infected patient to undergo quarantine in his or her abode.

Does someone you live with get infected with COVID-19? If you need tips for caring for a patient at home without getting infected and spreading the virus to others, keep reading. Below are five tips for caring for a patient at home from medical experts that you should follow to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.


1. Limit contact with the COVID-19 patient.


The first step towards taking care of someone with COVID-19 is to isolate them in a separate room. Medical experts advise that only one healthy person should provide care to a COVID-19 patient at home. It is also not advisable to share personal items such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils, and devices with an infected member. Experts also recommend that household members use a separate bathroom from the ill person.



2. Wear proper equipment to protect yourself from the virus.


While there is a COVID-19 patient at home, household members need to wear personal protective equipment to keep themself away from the virus—especially the caregiver. When attending to the patient, it is advisable to wear disposable medical gloves, a medical mask, and eye protection for safety. Other members in the house should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


3. Keep your environment and surroundings sanitized at all times.


After using medical masks, gloves, and other contaminated items, dispose of them in a separate container. In terms of contaminated laundry, secure them in a separate plastic liner and wash them with regular laundry soap and hot water. Medical experts also advise household members to disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, television remotes, toilets, and laundry containers frequently.


4. Monitor yourself and other members for symptoms.


When you live under the same roof as an ill person, it is important to isolate yourself to avoid spreading the virus to the community. You can quarantine yourself at home for 14 days from your last exposure and contact your barangay. Meanwhile, keep your immune system healthy and take steps to avoid infection.



5. Make sure you have enough essential supplies at home.


Make sure you have the following in stock: medical masks, face shield or goggles, disposable surgical gloves, disposable paper towels, tissues, waste container, over-the-counter medication, hand soap and dish soap, alcohol-based sanitizer, and regular household cleaning products and disinfectants. In addition to these, having a thermometer and access to running water is also necessary.


While symptoms are mild, it is better for the patient to stay at home, isolate themselves from other household members, and take note of these basic health protocols while recovering. If the illness gets worse, the next step is to promptly seek medical attention from the nearest health care facility.


Need more information on COVID-19 or vaccination updates on senior citizens in nursing home facilities? Visit Yoorekka.


All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

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Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.

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