Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has announced that individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in categories 1 and 2A but not at high risk need not to go to the Covid-19 assessment centre (CAC) and are instead required to self-monitor at home.
If a loved one in your home tests positive for Covid-19, it is important to arm yourself with these safety precautions on how to care for your loved one at home while taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
What steps should I take to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in my home?
Give your loved one a dedicated space to rest such as their own bedroom and bathroom if possible. If having their own bathroom is not possible, clean and disinfect the bathroom after each use.
It is essential for you to don Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like N955 masks, face shield, and gloves when caring for the patient or when handling any items used by the patient. All frequently touched areas of the house like doorknobs, light switches, television remotes, cabinets, and kitchen counters should be disinfected regularly.
Laundry is also an important step to take note of. Have a designated hamper for the patient’s clothing and always disinfect the hamper after each use.
How can I help my loved one feel better?
Have plenty of fluids like water on hand, as staying hydrated is very important for a Covid-19 patient’s recovery. Proper nutrition is necessary to beat Covid-19 so that means a balanced diet, rich in reasonable carbohydrates, protein and unsaturated fat.
You can always make them part of the dinner table and conversations by getting them on a video call so they don’t feel too isolated. Monitor their mental wellbeing from time to time.
Remember not to leave your home when taking care of a Covid-19 patient since you are also under the ‘close contact’ category. And if the patient requires supplies to help alleviate their symptoms, you can rely on Doctor Anywhere to help deliver medications within three hours.
What are the Covid-19 symptoms should I be aware of?
persistent fever for two days or more
breathing difficulty when doing activities
loss of appetite
symptoms worsening — cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
low level of consciousness
less urination within 24 hours
If your loved one develops these symptoms, you need to notify authorities using MySejahtera health assessment tool and the patient will be asked to visit the nearest CAC either through MySejahtera notification, or via SMS or phone calls.