Caring for Someone Else

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please seek medical attention.  The following are recommendations only, based on the CDC's recommendationsand should not be construed as strict guidelines. Any specific questions you have should be directed to your medical provider.

If you are caring for someone believed to have COVID-19, or someone who has been confirmed, consider the following suggestions from the CDC.  

iconfinder___fever_high_temperature_5925230Monitor Symptoms
  • Closely monitor the person's symptoms
  • Have the person's medical provider's contact information and contact if the person is getting sicker
  • Call 911 if there is a medical emergency and notify the dispatch personnel of their COVID status

iconfinder_coronovirus_quarantine_virus_protect_5932584Prevent the Spread of Germs
  • Have the person practice self-isolation by staying in one room as much as possible
  • Have them use a separate bathroom f possible
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Have them wear a face mask or cloth face covering
  • If they cannot wear a face mask, you as the caregiver should
  • After any contact with the sick person, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Clean all surfaces daily using household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the package directions
  • Wash laundry thoroughly and regularly using gloves 
  • Avoid unnecessary visitor

iconfinder___pain_muscle_body_5925229Provide Symptom Treatment
  • Refer to their medical provider's guidance for specific care directions
  • Make sure the sick person is drinking lots of fluids to stay hydrated

iconfinder_keep_distance_social_1_5964546End Home Isolation
  • Follow the guidelines of their medical provider
  • The CDC recommends a person can leave isolation after they have had no fever for at least 72 hours or 3 full days AND their other symptoms have abated AND there have been at least seven days since the first appearance of  symptoms 
  • The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with a medical provider 
  • Continue to practice social distancing
  • More information is available here.