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Home-based Care for COVID-19: Self Care for You and the People You Love

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COVID-19 has been here for a while, affecting the world in general. While most developed countries have managed the infection curve, scientists warn that developing countries are yet to experience the worst.

The fact is no one is immune to the virus. Hence, taking precautions issued by the government under the ministry of health is vital.

The focus is shifting to home-based care, which health departments applaud for having lowered the death rate among COVID-19 patients.

 So what does home-based care for a COVID-19 patient look like?  What should we do at home? 

  • Try to keep away from pets and people.
  • Wear face masks when coming close to relatives and friends. However, only people older than two years old are advised to wear face masks. Children below the age of two have difficulty breathing; hence, they should not wear face masks. Instead, they should be monitored closely. Most importantly, face masks should be clean.
  • Sneezes and coughs should be covered with tissue paper, which should then be disposed of appropriately beyond the reach of children and other people within the compound. 
  • Embrace hand sanitization with the alcohol-based reagent. You can also wash your hands regularly with plenty of running water and soap to avoid contaminating other surfaces.
  • Under home-based care, a covid-19 patient should use a separate room, separate utensils, and separate washrooms are possible to avoid infecting other people. However, due to a lack of resources, proper cleaning is advisable for the shared properties.
  • Use a spate towel and bedding and should be kept away from other household members.

When to Call the Doctor

Only mild cases of COVID-19 should be managed at home. If the patient gets sicker, the doctor should be contacted immediately. The patient should be truthful about and explain the symptoms clearly to the doctor because some signs are manageable.

While meeting the doctor;

  • The patient must wear a facemask
  • Cover the coughs and sneezes

Other Things to Consider

Taking the following precautions also boosts the covid-19 home-based care process. Notably, home-based care is much more lonely than hospital care because most relatives will fear getting close. Besides, there will be no other patients to talk to. However, this does not mean the process should be entirely dull. While separating from other people the patient should;

  • Video call friends and relatives or talk to them through the phone.
  • Listen to some music, dance a bit.
  • Play online games, and
  • Tidy the room if you can.

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