If someone in your home catches the COVID-19 virus, it can be difficult to keep other members in your household infection free. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones while under the same roof.
Around 50% of people living with someone infected with coronavirus also catch it. This percentage can be dramatically decreased by taking some important precautions. Here are eight ways to protect yourself when someone in your household has contracted COVID-19.
8. Practice Self-Isolation and Limit Contact
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends limiting contact with people in your home who have contracted coronavirus. When possible, the sick person should self-isolate in a room or separate space, and have their own bathroom that no one else uses. Avoid allowing visitors in your home until everyone inside tests negative for the virus and has completed quarantine guidelines outlined by the CDC or your doctor.
If a separate space isn’t available in your home for self-isolation of infected people, try to improve the ventilation where they are staying by opening windows when weather permits.
7. Everyone in the House Should Get Tested Immediately
As soon as someone in your home has tested positive for COVID or has symptoms, everyone in the household should also get tested. However, it’s important to behave as if everyone is positive for coronavirus for at least 14 days, even if some of the tests come back negative. Your test could be negative right now, but you may have caught the virus so recently it doesn’t show up via testing yet. You should also inform people you’ve recently been in contact with to get tested, too.