How do I care for someone suffering from Covid-19?

This was one of the first questions asked by those that care for an elderly family member or friend. It’s difficult but in order to keep everyone from harm and from spreading the virus to the most vulnerable of people, it is best to try and separate anyone who has become infected confined to their own room preferably with their own en-suite/bathroom.

The quarantined person will need to keep rested and comfortable in clothes they find comfortable to be in. The room they occupy will need to be well-ventilated as well as ensuring they have plenty of water to drink nearby. Should any medications be required for pain or temperature, it is being recommended that Paracetamol should be given as the first option.

The quarantined individual should also have their own cutlery, bedding, towels as well as preferably wearing a mask. All surfaces touched will require being cleaned and disinfected regularly including, door handles, toilets, kitchen worktops etc.

Everyone within the household needs to wash their hands regularly and possibly using alcohol gel.

It is a difficult time for everyone and there are policies and procedures in place on various websites to help everyone out. This includes NHS, Resus Council, British Heart Foundation and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

As someone who works on the frontline, I ask that you stay indoors unless you really have to leave home and maintain the social distancing rules in place. Use home delivery services and get friends to drop food and accessories off at your front door if you need to.

Do you really want to step outdoors risking the lives of your loved ones just for something you don’t need? Are you prepared for the worst?

I thank you for your time and hope you all choose to stay safe and at home in these unpredictable times.

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