COVID-19 poses a significant threat to you. If you are a senior or have an underlying health condition receiving care at home, you may be more susceptible to severe illness or complications if you contract the virus.

Caregivers and visitors can transmit this virus, making it difficult to prevent its spread. Caregivers may also face challenges in obtaining personal protective equipment, which can increase the risk of transmission.

Therefore, you must follow health protocols to keep you from getting COVID-19. Here are some tips for you while you are receiving care at home:

  • Avoid close contact with other people and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from anyone outside your household. Make sure to keep all doors shut.
  • Wear face masks whenever possible when interacting with others, including family members or caregivers. Keep two face masks on hand in case one gets soiled or damaged. Ensure everyone wears a mask properly over their nose and mouth and avoid touching it while wearing it.
  • Wash hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing/sneezing and before eating/preparing food. Alcohol-based sanitizer is also beneficial, but you should not use it as an alternative to regular hand washing. If water is not available, you can use hand sanitizers containing 60%-95% alcohol content as per WHO recommendations.
  • Clean frequently any surfaces you touch – counters, doorknobs, tables, etc., using disinfectants.

Stay at home if you are feeling sick! Symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath could indicate infection – seek medical advice promptly upon exhibiting signs and symptoms via telephone or web apps where available.

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