We are living through moments of exceptionality and uncertainty, in which every day we face with a situation that is very different from the one we had in our mind: children and teenagers are studying from home, teleworking and family reconciliation in many cases. Leisure concept is being modified and personal relationships are getting more value and another dimension. In short, almost everything is changing regarding to our expectations. Although we must keep calm, having a survival guide to handle this situation in the best possible way makes the most sense for our own care and our loved ones.
Not all patients with covid-19 must be entered admission to a hospital. Patients with mild symptoms, without previous pathologies and who are not in a situation of vulnerability can spend the illness isolated within their homes. Both they and their caregivers have to meet certain requirements such as maintaining isolation and being scrupulous about hygiene. The Ministry of Health has issued a series of rules to be adopted in such cases.
The sick person must remain in a room with ventilation capacity and isolated from the rest of the people in the house. Those caring for them must be healthy and wear surgical masks and avoid any contact with their body fluids. Sheets, towels and objects in contact with the wearer, from the thermometer to the dishes, should be frequently washed with very hot water. It is most appropriate for the patient to use a bath for exclusive use. If this is not possible, the toilet should be washed with bleach after the carrier’s use and floors and furniture surfaces should be disinfected daily. In addition, the patient should not share a home with sick or vulnerable people (elderly, chronically ill, pregnant women, small children…)
On the other hand, healthy people should also follow a guide, first of all, they should avoid as much as possible going out of the house, they should wash their hands, use disinfectants, they should not go to any kind of social meeting, avoid travelling, avoid public transport and crowded places and opt for teleworking whenever possible. The watchword is social distancing, also avoiding kisses, hugs, etc.
This guide should also be supplemented by having enough supplies to cover at least 1 week, including non-perishable canned goods that are quick to prepare, water and essential medicines, as well as at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medicines. Some of the products recommended by experts to include in your home survival kit, which are also available online for purchase without leaving home, are the following: canned foods (tuna in water, sausages, etc.), vegetables (canned mixed vegetables, vegetable and meat soup, etc.), other non-perishable products (tropical fruits, cereals, etc.), or other products such as clothing disinfectant, hand sanitizer spray, surface disinfectant, and others.