Recommendations to avoid getting COVID-19 while you are at home

To avoid coronavirus infection, it is recommended to: clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, door handles, light switches, railings, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks; the bath and the change of clothes must be daily in all the members of the family; and take special measures for the correct cleaning and disinfection of areas and utensils in the case of people isolated by suspicion or confirmed with the virus.

Health experts recommend the following measures to limit the risk of contagion in the home during this phase two of the contingency:

  • Do not leave the house unless it is very necessary, for example: to go to work, request health services, buy food or medicine.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick to the airways, suspected or sick with COVID-19. Also avoid visits to other addresses.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water as many times as necessary for 40 seconds, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, cleaning your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you do not have access to soap or water, rub your hands for 20 seconds with an alcohol gel disinfectant greater than 70 percent.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze, and use the inside of your elbow.
  • Dispose of dirty tissues in the toilet or place them in a closed plastic bag, throw them away, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol gel greater than 70 percent.
  • Avoid greeting and kissing, you can use other forms of remote greeting, making phone calls or some creative way that does not involve physical contact.
  • Stay hydrated with simple drinking water and eat healthy, including fruits rich in vitamin C and vegetables in the daily diet.

If you have patients suspected or sick with COVID-19 at home, these measures should be followed more rigorously, in addition to staying isolated or isolated in a well-ventilated room with the door closed, if possible, with its own bathroom and carry out the appropriate cleaning.


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