Home Isolation has been a boon for people in many ways. A lot of information has been doing the rounds since the time the pandemic wreaked havoc on all our lives. So, it gets confusing since they all seem to be saying many different things. Numerous scientists and healthcare workers have unanimously agreed upon some instructions.
In this article, we are going to break those down into easy Dos and Donts of Home Isolation for your ease of understanding and subsequent implementation.
The following is specific for when you are isolating at home – if you have been tested positive, show symptoms of the virus, have returned from somewhere that had a high number of COVID-19 cases, or are a frontline worker – but this advice will also be useful for people who want to be extra careful or have to care for a coronavirus positive patient.
Firstly, allocate one room of the house for the affected person, if it is available. An amply ventilated room that has a few furniture is regarded as ideal. The room should have a separate bathroom for the sole use of the affected person.
Do not come closer than six feet of the person with coronavirus. It is advisable to maintain a no-contact approach strictly at all times.
Secondly, wear masks as much as possible and convenient while staying at home, especially when coming in any form of contact with someone caring for you – even while maintaining distance. It is ideal to use reusable masks. One should wash the mask after every 6-8 hours of constant use, preferably by the isolating person themselves or by their carer.
Do not use disposable masks at home. If they are unavoidable, they should not be washed and used again. Washing disintegrates these masks which in turn compromises their protective abilities.
Thirdly, keep your own utensils and other items of personal use in the room with yourself. This includes a plate, glass, towel, clothes, etc.
Do not come in even relative contact with anybody without wearing a glove. It is ideal for the patient to wash their belongings. But if their carer has to do it, gloves should be strictly enforced while washing.
Fourthly, sanitize before and after using shared spaces, specifically the bathroom. Be mindful of areas that you touch. This is to be maintained for each person that uses the bathroom in any way at all.
Do not allow visitors.
Relatives, delivery professionals, or outsiders of any kind are to be strictly forbidden to come in during the time of isolation. This is to be followed for the entire premises of the house, not just the rooms of the isolating individual.
Lastly, people with co-morbidities, pregnancy, weak immune systems, etc should be isolated even when they do not show any symptoms.
Nobody from the household of isolating people should go out for anything non-essential. This includes going to places of worship, shopping, casual meeting, etc.