Coping with Someone Who has COVID-19
As of today, the Florida Department of Health is reporting 21, 367 confirmed installments of coronavirus over the state.
“As the virus continues to spread, it is essential to know how to effectively handle it, if it's contracted by someone in your house,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of Insurance, Florida's largest independent homeowners insurance company.
If you reside with somebody that is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, your worry is not only on their behalf, but yourself and other family members.
The Cdc and Prevention (CDC) reports if you're only experiencing mild symptoms, you need to recover at home. Mild symptoms include, aches, chills, fatigue, fever, dry cough, sore throat, running nose and diarrhea. However, if you are a older adult by having an underlying medical condition you are at higher risk for developing serious complications in the COVID-19 illness and should seek care when symptoms start.
More severe symptoms where medical attention is needed includes, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or the ability to arouse and bluish lips or face.
If someone in your family contracts COVID-19, the CDC has got the following guidelines to keep you and others in your household safe, while caring for the ill.
- Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible.
- If possible, have them use a separate bathroom.
- Avoid sharing personal things for the home, like dishes, towels, and bedding
- Have them wear a cloth face covering (that covers their mouth and nose) when they're around people, including you.
- It the sick person can't wear a cloth face covering, you should wear one while in the same room together.
- Wash both hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after getting together with the sick person. If water and soap are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of the hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your vision, nose, and mouth.
- Every day, clean all surfaces which are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs
- Wash laundry thoroughly.
- If laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and the soiled items away from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
- Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.
While there is no medication readily available for COVID-19, sick people should avoid dehydration and get plenty of rest. Over-the-counter medicines might help ease symptoms.
“Remaining calm and as stress free a possible, benefits you and also everyone in your home,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of Insurance, Florida's top independent homeowners insurance company.
People can come from isolation when at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Also, it has been at least three days with no fever without the use of medications and respiratory symptoms are improving.