Not everyone who gets sick with COVID-19 needs to go to the hospital. Most people can be cared for at home. Dr. Sujatha Krishnan, an infectious disease specialist at Medical City Lewisville, shares advice on how to take care of a loved one with COVID-19 and what precautions to take.
The person with COVID-19 should:
- Reduce fever with acetaminophen
- Rest up
- Drink plenty of fluids
Protect yourself while caring for your loved one:
- Stay at least 6-feet away from each other
- Both should wear masks
- Set up a separate “sick room” and dedicated bathroom, if possible
- If not, open an window and use a fan, if possible
- Avoid sharing items such as dishes, utensils, towels, electronics and trash can
Continue to take regular precautions:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Frequently clean high-touch surfaces
- Ask the person to clean their room, if possible
- Monitor your loved one’s health and call their doctor if there is a change, such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Bluish lips or face
- Mental confusion
- Inability to stay awake
If an emergency arises, call 911 and be sure to tell the dispatcher that your loved one has COVID-19. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your own health as well.
Visit our Coronavirus Resource Hub for more information about COVID-19, including visitor policies at our hospitals, access to care, insurance coverage, and the latest updates.
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