Coronavirus Safety Tips: Guide To Home Quarantine And Family Safety

​​The following advice will enable you to safely and effectively quarantine at home. It is extremely important that you follow the rules of home-quarantine.

Quarantining yourself at home means that you follow the rules of home-quarantine. Quarantine helps to slow the spread of infection across a population. Staying at home and avoiding contact with others is extremely important. You have a responsibility and duty to protect yourself, your family, your friends, and the community as a​ whole.

The home quarantined person should 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.

How to quarantine yourself?​

  • Allocate a separate room with adequate ventilation at home if possible. Household members should stay in another room or should be separated from the returnee.
  • Wear a surgical mask at all the time. The mask should be changed every 6-8 hours
    and disposed of. Disposable masks are never to be reused.
  • Masks used by patients/caregivers/ close contacts during home care should be
    disinfected using ordinary bleach solution (5%) or sodium hypochlorite solution (1%)
    and then disposed of either by burning or deep burial.
  • Other household members should use a separate bathroom. If sharing the same bathroom, cleaning of taps, doorknobs and utensils with soap and water is a requirement.
  • Only one member of the family should be allowed to provide care to you. Your caregiver should wear a facemask and gloves every time he or she enters your room and should dispose of the mask and gloves and wash their hands immediately after leaving the room. A distance of at least one meter shall be maintained between you and your caregiver at all times.

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How to protect yourself and others from infection?

  • In case the person being quarantined becomes symptomatic, all his 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.
  • Only an assigned family member should be tasked with taking care of the such
    person.
  • Avoid shaking the soiled linen or direct contact with skin.
  • Don’t share towels with other people in your home and use your own towels, if the bathroom in your home is a shared bathroom, make sure you clean it after each use.

Eating at home

  • Eat your food in your room and avoid eating or drinking with other people in the house.
  • Be careful to wash your dishes separately from others in the house.
  • Make sure to eat healthy food that strengthens your immunity system.
  • Make sure to drink enough water (8-12 glasses a day).

Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures

  • Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar
    free Chyavanprash.
  • Drink herbal tea/decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini
    (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka
    (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and/or fresh
    lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
  • Golden Milk- Half teaspoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk –
    once or twice a day.

Environmental sanitation

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the quarantined person’s room (e.g.
    bed frames, tables etc.) daily with 1%Sodium Hypochlorite Solution.
  • Clean and disinfect toilet surfaces daily with regular household bleach solution/phenolic
    disinfectants.
  • Clean the clothes and other linen used by the person separately using common household detergent and dry.

While the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is fought by our health care worker, we request you to stay safe and protect yourself by washing hands frequently with soap and water and practising physical distancing wearing face masks.

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