Thanks for coming back! You have reached the last part in our four-part series of the cleaning and disinfecting your home. You stuck it out and we hope that the information and tips we have provided will help you.
This last blog is a bit different than the others in that it talks about what you should do if someone in your home becomes sick with COVID-19. Let’s take a look.
Someone in Your Home Becomes Ill with COVID-19
Oh no! You do not want to think about it, but it is something that you must consider. Being prepared for a situation like this is helpful because, unfortunately, any of us could be placed in the situation where we or someone we love falls ill with the virus.
Below, you will find some tips to help.
- Bedroom and Bathroom
One of the first things you want to do is provide the sick individual with their own bedroom and bathroom, when possible. This will help contain the virus and limit the spread of it.
If you DO use a separate bedroom for the individual, it is important that you ALWAYS wear gloves and a mask when you enter the room and move around within the room. You should use disposable gloves that you can take off and throw away when you are done. You want to limit as much contact as you can with the sick individual. If the individual is not too sick, you should allow them to clean their own room to limit your exposure to the virus.
If you cannot provide a private bathroom and the sick individual must use a shared bathroom, you should make sure to disinfect the bathroom after every use. Of course, if the individual is not too ill, they can disinfect it themselves. If they are too sick to disinfect, you should wait as long as possible before you go in and clean.
You should designate a trash can for the sick individual and only allow them to use it. Keep their trash separate from yours. Always dispose of the trash regularly.
Even though the individual in your home is ill, they still need to eat. To limit exposure and transmission of the virus, they should remain in their room and someone should take the food to them. While it may be difficult to do, the individual should eat by themselves and you should NEVER share food with them while they are ill.
The best way for you to limit spread of the virus is to use paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils while the individual is sick. This way, you can just throw them out. If you cannot use disposable drinkware and utensils, you should wash them in hot water and wear disposable gloves to do so.
ALWAYS clean your hands once you are done touching a surface or eating food.
Coronavirus: Keep Yourself Safe
Your health is extremely important and as the coronavirus pandemic continues to move full steam ahead, it is important that you know how to properly clean and disinfect your home. Many states, counties, and cities have lifted their mandates on mask wearing but this does not mean that you are not allowed to wear one. You can continue to wear a mask if you choose. Proper handwashing along with cleaning and disinfecting will go a long way and can keep you protected.
We hope the above tips helped you and we hope that you will share this four-part series to help others.