How can caregivers protect themselves from COVID-19?
– Wear masks and make sure that others wear them.
• Do NOT place a mask on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, is incapacitated, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
– Wash hands often.
– Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
– Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Clean high-touch surfaces and objects regularly (for example, daily or after each use) and after you have visitors in your home.
What are some recommendations for COVID-19 patients’ caregivers?
Caregivers should stay home and monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms while caring for the person who is sick. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath but other symptoms may be present as well. Trouble breathing is a more serious warning sign that you need medical attention.
Caregivers should continue to stay home aftercare is complete. Caregivers can leave their home 14 days after their last close contact with the person who is sick (based on the time it takes to develop illness), or 14 days after the person who is sick meets the criteria to end home isolation.