In the event of severe symptoms of COVID19, professional medical care is recommended. However, home care may be your only option regardless of the severity if medical resources are unavailable or overwhelmed.
The WHO recommends:
The patient should be in a well-ventilated room.
The household family members should maintain a distance of 1-meter or three feet from the patient.
One healthy family member should be the caregiver.
Visitors should not be permitted in the patient’s room unless absolutely necessary.
Hand hygiene should be performed after every type of contact with the sick individual.
Soap and water are preferred for hand washing, but alcohol-based sanitizers are acceptable.
Use disposable paper towels to dry hands rather than cloth towels.
A medical mask should be worn by the patient at all times.
The caregiver should also wear a tight-fitting mask whenever they are in the room with the patient.
Think about shielding your eyes as well.
Stock up on sanitary plastic gloves and masks.
Dedicate specific linens, bedding, towels and clothing for use by the patient only.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched and don’t forget the TV remote.
Disinfection should be done at least once daily.
Wear gloves while sanitizing and disinfecting any surface or when handling any fabrics that have been in contact with the patient.
The caregiver should also minimize contact with others except when necessary.
If You Are Going to a Medical Facility
Call them first and tell them you are transporting a person that may have contracted COVID19. If they have been definitively diagnosed with COVID19, make sure the medical facility knows that.
Have the patient wear a face mask.
Avoid using public transportation while traveling to the medical facility if at all possible.