Home isolation: Who Should Do It and How to Prepare Your Residence

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Home isolation: Who Should Do It and How to Prepare Your Residence

Home isolation is recommended for people who are suspected or confirmed to have novel coronavirus COVID-19. Given the importance of this topic, Vale has designed a guide with information from the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including guidelines on how to prepare your home for isolation and minimize the spread to others.

Among the various recommendations that the guide presents is the need to isolate symptomatic patients in a well-ventilated and private room. If that is not possible, other household members must limit contact as much as possible with the ill person. The guide also provides advice for caregivers.

Check out some tips below and download the guide with the complete information.

Guidelines for patient isolation

Place the patient in a well-ventilated single room;

Household members should stay in a different room or, if that is not possible, maintain a distance of at least two meters from the ill person and sleep in a separate bed or mattress (exception – breastfeeding mothers are advised to continue breastfeeding, by wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene, including frequent hand washing);

Limit the movement of the patient in the house. Ensure that shared spaces are well ventilated;

Wear a medical facemask whenever someone is in the same room as the patient. Replace the mask immediately if it gets wet from secretions or damaged;

Other household members should use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, the bathroom must be disinfected after use.

Perform hand hygiene frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer, especially before preparing food, before eating, and after using the toilet

Do not allow visitors into your home, and avoid leaving the house unless you need to seek medical care. In this case, wear a surgical mask while you are out and avoid crowds;

Whenever possible, use the phone to communicate with other people, including those living in the same house

Caregiver precautions

Caregivers should wear a mask when in the same room as the patient. If the mask gets wet or dirty from secretions, it must be replaced immediately. Masks should not be touched or handled near the patient. After removing the mask, it is important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. They should also perform hand hygiene before and after any type of contact with the patient, using the toilet, preparing food, and whenever needed. If avaiable, the caregiver should use a separate bathroom.

Caregivers are advised to be in quarantine for 14 days after their patient has recovered.

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Home isolation: Who Should Do It and How to Prepare Your Residence