Home Quarantine – Tips

Who should be home quarantined?

• People who have been clinically diagnosed as very mild or pre-symptomatic cases of COVID-19 provided they have requisite facilities at home.

• Detection of a travel related/unrelated suspected case of novel Coronavirus Disease.

• Persons coming from COVID-19 affected areas wherelocal and community transmission is evident.

 

The home quarantine period is for 14 days and it helps to stop spread of the virus at home and in our communities, below are a few tips on making home quarantine safe.

Tip 1:

Stay in a well-ventilated single-room preferably with an attached/separate toilet. If another family member needs to stay in the same room, it’s advisable to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter between the two.

Tip 2:

Stay away from elderly people, pregnant women, children and persons with co-morbidities within the household.Visitors should not be allowed.

Tip 3:

Avoid sharing household items e.g. dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people at home.

Tip 4:

Wash hand thoroughly as often as possible with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Tip 5:

Wear a surgical mask at all the time. The mask should be changed every 6-8 hours and disposedoff.

Tip 6:

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the quarantined person’s room (e.g. bed frames, tables etc.) daily with 1%Sodium Hypochlorite Solution.

Tip 7:

Only an assigned family member should be tasked with taking care of the quarantined person

Tip 8:

Keep up a normal daily routine as much as possible and maintain a positive attitude.

Tip 9:

 If symptoms appear (cough/fever/difficulty in breathing), he/she should immediately inform the nearest health centre.

Tip 10:

In case the person being quarantined becomes symptomatic, all his/her close contacts will be home quarantined (for 14 days) and followed up for an additional 14days or till the report of such case turns out negative on lab testing.

*Home visit services can be availed for COVID-19 RT-PCR test and COVID-19 Antibody test.
Source: Government of India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Directorate General of Health Services Guidelines for home quarantine

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