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Covid-19 Tips for Large Families Living in the Same Home

If you belong to a large household where there are older adults or any member of any age who has serious underlying medical conditions, you have to be more responsible and vigilant in keeping yourself safe from COVID-19 .

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

If you belong to a large household where there are older adults or any member of any age who has serious underlying medical conditions, you have to be more responsible and vigilant in keeping yourself safe from COVID-19 as these people are high-risk from the illness from the virus and you will be putting more lives in danger since you are living in the same space. This becomes difficult especially if space is limited for extended families living together. Protect those who are most vulnerable in your household by the following information below.

Ensuring the Safety of the Household If You Need to Go Out of the House

… But if it is not very necessary please just stay home!

Always consider your reasons for leaving the house as necessary or not. Unless you are going to work, the pharmacy, the grocery stores, or to medical appointments that cannot be delayed (such as for babies or for people with serious medical conditions), you should limit going outside as much as possible. If there are some errands that need to be done, choose just one or two from your family members who are not at higher risk for severe illnesses from the virus. Follow these tips if going outside cannot really be helped.

  1. Maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) of distance from people outside your household.
  2. Keep away from crowds and do away from social gatherings.
  3. Wear a cloth mask.
  4. Avoid public transportation or riding in a car with people who do not live in your household.
  5. Avoid touching areas that are frequently being touched by in public areas, like handrails or elevator buttons.
  6. Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth if you have just touched surfaces in public areas.
  7. Sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer, if it is not possible to wash your hands.
  8. Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Caring for a Household Member Who's Having Mild COVID-19 Symptoms

If a household member feels sick and is experiencing any of the symptoms of the virus, here are some steps that should be taken.

Preventing the Virus From Spreading to the Other Household Members

  • The sick person should maintain a 6-feet distance (2 meters) from the other household members, especially to those who are at higher risk.
  • Only one family member should be in charge of the sick.
  • This family member should not be 65 years or older or someone with health issues.
  • Other members of the household should limit their contact with the sick person and the caregiver.

  • The sick family member must wear a cloth face mask whenever they are around other people.
  • Do not use the personal items of the sick person like the utensils, phones, or beddings.
  • The sick person should use a separate room with a personal bathroom.

If Sharing Rooms With the Sick Household Member Cannot Be Helped

  • There should be good airflow in the room. You can run a fan or open the window.
  • Place a curtain or any physical divider between the sick household member’s space and the rest of the room.
  • The distance between the beds must be at least 6 feet (2 meters) far from the other.

If a Separate Bathroom Cannot Be Provided for the Sick Family Member

  • Doorknobs, handles, and surfaces that the sick person commonly touches should be disinfected as soon as they leave the bathroom. Commonly used areas should be disinfected as well.
  • After the sick person used the bathroom, do not enter yet. Wait for a few minutes or until high touch areas have been disinfected before anyone can use them.

During Mealtimes

  • In terms of food preparation, only family members who are not sick should prepare and serve the food. Still of course, with proper handwashing.
  • As a part of self-isolation, the sick person can eat in another room or at least stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart from the rest of the family members.
  • You can use gloves when washing the utensils, plates, glasses used by the sick household member. Ensure that no one except the sick family member should use those items. You can put a mark on each so the other family members will know.

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