As Covid19 infections continuously surge throughout the country, a great number of household case clusters were observed in the past weeks.
Furthermore, as cases rapidly increase, hospitals remain unable to cope with the rising trend and are left overwhelmed at almost 80% facility use according to the Department of Health (DOH).
Whether due to the spread of more infectious variants in the country, lax observance of public health protocols, or lacking response initiatives, mild or asymptomatic Covid19 cases may best be handled at home.
Based on reports by ABS-CBN News, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides general guidelines for Covid19 home care.
Should an individual in your home test positive for Covid19, treat each member of the household as a positive case as well, regardless of testing, and undergo quarantine.
Those presenting symptoms must be isolated, while in general all members of the home must socially distance, as much as is possible under living conditions.
Symptomatic individuals must wear masks, follow physician instructions, and get enough rest and fluids.
Those that are asymptomatic must wear protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and practice proper hygiene before, during, and after interacting with and caring for, the ill.
Increasing airflow and ventilation in the isolation area is ideal for reducing the risk of infection spread.
Personal items must not be shared among household members.
Those that are asymptomatic or test negative for Covid19, must also frequently disinfect areas and surfaces of the house, and monitor the ill for the following warning signs including but not limited to: breathing trouble, chest pain, confusion, a change in skin tone, and unresponsiveness.
Should any of these or other concerning symptoms arise, contact your physician immediately.
Contact with the ill, and with other members of the house must also be limited to necessary interactions only, as much as possible.
Upon symptom onset, individuals must remain under quarantine for 14 days. Should any other member of the home develop symptoms within the 14 day period, the quarantine must reset to day 1.
Once no member of the household has any symptoms for 14 days and all test negative for Covid19, the home quarantine and isolation can be lifted.
Limiting outside trips as much as possible and following proper health protocols while out, as well as hygiene practices and healthy lifestyle choices at home, are also important measures to prevent infection from occurring.