Ideally, only one caregiver will help for the duration of the self-isolation period. The helper must be in good health, and not at high risk themselves if they get sick.
- Under the age of 70
- They should not have heart disease, diabetes, a chronic lung disease or immune suppression (for example because of cancer treatment or medications from a transplant)
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after helping, and avoid touching your face
- Wear gloves if you are in contact with saliva, mucus, or stool of the person you are helping
Before helping, the helper must:
Put on a disposable mask on your nose and mouth
Put on disposable gloves
AFTER HELPING, THE HELPER MUST:
Remove the gloves
Throw them away in a garbage can with a closable lid, out of the reach of children
Take off disposable mask
Throw it away in a garbage can with a closable lid, out of the reach of children
Wash hands again
Clothing can become contaminated with the virus when individuals are in close contact. At the end of the day the helper must remove their clothes carefully and put them in a cloth or plastic bag to be washed.
The COVID-19 virus can survive outside the body on objects and surfaces but it is easily destroyed by soap and water or disinfectant