What to Do If A Family Member Comes Down With the Coronavirus or Flu

If a family member comes down with the coronavirus, including the Wuhan coronavirus or the flu, take steps to make sure it doesn’t spread throughout the household.  Just because one member is sick doesn’t mean the whole family has to get sick.  Frequently disinfect the bathroom surfaces, doorknobs or other areas the family member suffering from the illness may have touched.  Keep their toothbrush separate from other family members’.  Make sure family members don’t accidentally share drinking glasses. 

Keep the patient at home.  Going to work or school just spreads the coronavirus to more victims.  The odds are the patient isn’t going to be very productive whether they show up at work or not.  Call the school to see if any work can be brought home for when the patient feels a little better. 

Working at home is an option for those who can telecommute.  Just remember that lots of rest is important to getting better. 

Any area the infected person may have touched or coughed or sneezed on must be disinfected as long as the person is contagious. which can be as long as two weeks.  Even something as routine as family members drying their hands with the same towel can be a means of spreading the virus.  Use paper towels in the bathroom and kitchen.  Keeping your home as germ and virus free as possible year round is one of the best ways to make sure the possibility of family members becoming infected is minimized. 

Keep a container of disinfectant wipes prominently displayed on the bathroom and kitchen counters.  Instruct everyone to wipe down the door handles, faucet handles and counter tops whenever they use the bathroom.  Sprays are messier and have to be wiped off anyway so the disinfectant wipes are better. 

Buy bottles of hand sanitizer and place one in every room.  There no excuse for not using it when it’s right there.  Do the same thing with a box of tissues.  Sneezing is a main culprit in the spread of the corona and flu virus. 

Keep a thermos filled with hot tea or other warm liquids, along with a carafe of water and perhaps a couple of bottles of juice by the patient.  Staying hydrated is important.  If the liquid is right by the bedside your patient may be more likely to keep drinking. 

Keep an eye on the patient for worsening symptoms.  While most of us get over the coronavirus or the flu without any complications, others don’t.  Symptoms should start getting less intense after the first few days.  If they worsen, it could be a sign of secondary infections.  The very young and seniors are more prone to complications. 

Read the full report on Wuhan Coronavirus here

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