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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