5 Tips for Caring for Someone with Respiratory Symptoms at Home
Caring for Someone With Respiratory Symptoms
If you or a loved one that lives with you is experiencing respiratory symptoms, it’s essential to know how to take proper care to avoid the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. Here are some tips.
1. Wash Your Hands Often
Washing your hands frequently is one of the most critical steps in preventing the spread of viruses. Although your hands may look clean, germs can still linger. Here is how to give your hands a thorough wash as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water.
- Turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. An excellent way to time this is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing.
- Rinse your hands thoroughly.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.
2. Stay Away From Other People
When you share a household, it can be challenging to practice social distancing. However, whenever possible, staying in another room can reduce the chances of spreading germs. Using a separate bathroom can be helpful if you have more than one in your home. Wearing a facemask can also keep viruses from spreading.
3. Don’t Share Personal Items
Sharing personal items, such as towels, bedding, eating utensils, and dishware can put you and your loved ones at greater risk. Wash these items immediately after use to avoid the spread of contagious illnesses.
4. Keep Surfaces Clean
Surfaces that are touched often can spread viruses from one person to another. Clean countertops, doorknobs, and tabletops often throughout the day.
5. Monitor Your Symptoms
If you or your loved one has advanced symptoms, such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish in the lips or face, call your healthcare provider immediately and follow their instructions on how to get further care.
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