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Tips for Multi-Generational Households

It is important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness (individuals at risk are included in above section) to:

  • Stay at home and away from crowds.

  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies so you don’t have to go out of the home.

  • When you go out in public, keep at least 6 feet away from others. Do not go to places where people are sick.

  • Wash your hands frequently, as described above.

If someone in your home is sick with COVID-19

  • Have everyone continue to practice good handwashing methods as described above.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, doorknobs and other commonly touched surfaces with common household disinfectants daily.

  • Remind everyone to avoid touching their face, and cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of their elbow or with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.

  • As best as possible, isolate the individual with COVID-19 in a separate bedroom and bathroom away from others.

  • Take care of the emotional health of your family, including yourself.

  • Avoid sharing personal items like phones, dishes, bedding, or toys.

If caring for a sick household member

  • Monitor for emergency signs, like:

  • Trouble breathing.

  • Continual pain or pressure in the chest.

  • New confusion.

  • Bluish lips or face.

  • Prevent the spread of germs:

  • Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding.

  • Have the sick person wear a facemask (if available). If sick individuals are unable to wear a facemask, the individual caring for the sick should wear a facemask when in contact with them.

  • Have them use a separate bathroom (if possible).

  • Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.

Treat symptoms:

  • Make sure individual with COVID-19 drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.

  • Use over-the-counter medicines to help with symptoms.

  • For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.

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