How do I safely take care of someone who is sick?
With the shortage of coronavirus testing nationwide, it may be difficult to know whether your loved one has coronavirus or another illness. So it’s critical to play it safe and not infect yourself and, in turn, others. The CDC suggests:
– Giving the sick person their own room to stay in, if possible. Keep the door closed. – Having only one person serve as the caretaker. – Asking the sick person to wear a face mask, if they are able to. If the mask causes breathing difficulties, then the caretaker should wear a mask instead.
Officials say those who are healthy should not wear masks in public – in fact, that can cause more harm than good.
“Face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers,” the CDC says.