As medical authorities try to contain Coronavirus, more and more people are ordered to self-quarantine or self-isolate every day. And if you have a young child or an elderly member at home, you might feel overwhelmed just at the thought of these measures. While the current world scenario, seen through news channels, may seem very scary, the reality is far less terrifying. Here’s what you need to know if you or someone you know has to go into self-isolation.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not leave your home. Don’t even live with someone who does. This is known as self-isolation.
In self-isolation, you must:
l Stay in your house at all times
l Do not leave your house to buy food or collect medicine – get home delivery
l Don’t invite any visitors, such as friends and family, to your home
lYou can go out into the balcony if you have one.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to self-isolate for 7 to 14 days.
After 14 days:
If you have a normal temperature, you can stop self-isolation
If you still have a high temperature, continue self-isolation until your temperature returns to normal
If you live with someone positive with Coronavirus
If you live with someone who has tested positive, you’ll need to go into self-isolation for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it may take upto 14 days for symptoms to show.
If there’s more than 1 member at home with symptoms, practice self-isolation for 14 days from the day the symptoms first appeared.
If you get symptoms, isolate yourself for 14 days from when your symptoms began.
If you show no symptoms, you can stop self-isolation after 14 days.
Stay at home even after finishing self-isolation. Go out only for unavoidable trips such as buying food.
If you live with a vulnerable person i.e. someone who is 70 or over, has a pre-existing medical condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try and make arrangements for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.
If you have no choice but to stay at home together, keep 2 meters (3 steps) away from them at all times. Share living space as little as possible.
Precautions to take
● Wash your hands with handwash for at least 20 seconds
● If handwash is unavailable, use hand sanitizer gel with up to 60 to 70% alcohol content
● Keep your mouth and nose covered with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
● Throw away used tissues straight away in the bin and wash your hands afterward
● Keep objects and surfaces you touch often (tables, door handles, and phones) clean using your regular cleaning products
● Clean a shared bathroom after each use, like wiping the surfaces you have touched
● Don’t share towels, including hand towels and face towels
To treat yourself while you’re at home:
● Sleep and take rest
● Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated
● Take paracetamol for lowering your temperature