As this pandemic situation of corona virus is still prevailing all over, so many of us are trying to find or navigate how to take care for loved ones who has become infected with COVID-19.
According to Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, many people with mild virus symptoms can recover safely at home. But the patient with the virus needs to seek advice from a healthcare provider, those who are at a higher risk of severe illness need to take extra precaution.
By chance, if your loved ones has COVID-19, what can you do to care for them? How can you offer support while still protecting yourself? Still juggling with the concept what to do? Do not miss this article. It is complete guide to your question.
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You must know or identify the signs
You need to know the emergency signs. Note down the call number of doctor so that you can call when you need it. If your loved ones are showing signs of COVID -19 , try to communicate with local emergency health help-line..
Some of the signs are –
- Difficulty in breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure in the chest
- Inability to stay awake
- Bluish lip or face
Be strict about protection
You must be aware of your protection too. Caregivers should wear a three-layer mask when coming to direct contacts with patients. Wash your hands often with alcohol hand wash or soap and water and do not touch the T-zone of your face.
If possible try to use separate washroom and bathroom and even bedroom as the person is sick. Try to avoid sharing your personal items such as cell phones, towels, bedding, dishes. Try to disinfect the doors and surface with surface disinfectant and the things that are being touched every-day.
You can offer non-medical support
You can offer non-medical support to your loved ones. You can pick up prescriptions, go to grocery shop, cook meal or even care for a loved one’s pet while they are sick.
You can provide emotional and mental support by keeping social distancing. You can text, call or recommend for books, movies or any other sources of entertainment.
Choose one caregiver
It is very important to choose one caregiver who can provide support for the patient. The caregiver should not be in a high-risk group. This person but less his/her exposure for 14 days while caring for your loved ones.
Anyone with these risk factors needs to avoid contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or a known infection.
While your loved one is sick, make sure you still maintain the routines that help you feel your best such as doing exercising, eating healthy, peaceful sleep.
Caring for yourself is an essential step to ensuring that you can continue to provide support in your loved one’s recovery.
So do not wait long, go and care for your loved ones but do not forget to maintain social distance. Stay connected with us for further updates.