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Tips for isolation within a household


  1. Maintain six feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

  2. Cover coughs and sneezes; wash hands often; and don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth

  3. Have the sick household member wear a face covering when they are around other people at home and out of the house (including before they enter a doctor’s office).

  4. Keep people at higher risk separated from anyone who is sick.

  5. Designate one person in the household to take care of the person who is sick. This caregiver should be someone who is not at higher risk for severe illness.

  • The caregiver should clean any areas where the sick person has been, as well as their bedding and laundry.

  • The caregiver should minimize contact with other people in the household, especially those who are at higher risk for severe illness.

  • Designate a different caregiver for other members of the household who require help with cleaning, bathing, or other daily tasks.

  1. Clean and disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, and other commonly touched surfaces with disinfectants daily.

  2. Don’t leave online food orders to late – spots are now limited due to staff shortages – what is your plan if supermarket order can not be delivered i.e. can someone collect for you, can someone do the shopping for you?

  3. Don’t share personal items like phones, dishes, bedding, or toys.

  4. Try to do the following if you need to share a bedroom with someone who is sick:

  • Make sure the room has good air flow. Open a window

  • Place beds at least six feet apart, if possible.

  • Sleep head to toe.

  • Put a curtain or other physical divider to separate the bed of the person who is sick from other beds. For example, you might use a shower curtain, room screen divider, large cardboard poster, quilt, or large bedspread.

  1. Have the person who is sick clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in a shared bathroom.

  2. Utilize the garage space if needed as this may have a laundry sink able to use for brushing teeth and face washing leaving the main bathroom for other family members

  3. Use child safety gates on the bedroom doors of those that are isolating – smaller kids can still see and speak to the person but not go into the room

  4. Use support services and friends or your managers – Please do not allow your pride to stop you from asking for support or help anyone of us could be in the same situation today. Getting you back to full health is important and helps us all.

  5. Exercise and fresh air should be encouraged – outside around the house and away from others


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