Caregivers: What to do when exposed to Corona virus

To Vibrant Health Homecare Caregivers.

The news of COVID-19, sometimes simply referred to as the coronavirus, has been anything but simple to understand. For caregivers who have been exposed to a client or someone with confirmed coronavirus or returning from travel from high-risk areas, please follow the recommendation of the CDC outlined below.

Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Immediately report any concerns regarding exposure to COVID-19 to a supervisor:  Whether the potential exposure has occurred through providing client care, travel, assisting an ill traveler or other person, handling a contaminated object, or cleaning a contaminated environment.

Stay home except to get medical care: You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis. Remain out of the workplace and immediately stop client visits, until further notice.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Wear a facemask: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people until told otherwise by a physician.

Cover your coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Avoid sharing personal household items: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.

Clean your hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Monitor your symptoms: Seek immediate medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.

Maintain communication: Provide regular updates to your supervisor regarding your health.

Many of our clients are elderly and have compromised immune systems greatly increase the likelihood of contracting  COVID-19. As a caregiver, you are on the front line of caring for our clients.  We are dedicated to providing the best care possible for our clients and continuing to protect the health of YOU, our caregivers who care for them. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns.

Annet Asio-Pasquali

Admin

Vibrant Health Homecare

For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19

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