Recommendations COVID-19 positive patients
I have been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?
People who are NOT considered close contacts should only look out for the appearance of possible symptoms and take extreme hygiene and safety measures.
People who DO consider themselves close contacts should HOME ISOLATE, and the Health Department will contact them to do their PCR.
The following is a guide to resolve any doubts you may, what you should do at home and safety measures for CO-HABITANTS.
Preventive measures for COVID-19 cases
Information for the patient
- Do not leave your home until you are told to do so by health professionals.
- You must stay in a single-use room. If this is not possible, stay in a place where you can guarantee a distance of at least two metres from co-habitants.
- The room’s door must be closed.
- The room must have adequate ventilation, directly to the street. There must be no draughts from the heating or cooling system.
- The room must have a rubbish bin, with a pedal-operated lid, and inside there must be a plastic bag for the rubbish that closes hermetically.
- It is advisable to have a daily record of the entry and exit of people who enter the room.
- It is advisable to have a bathroom for exclusive use. If this is not possible, it should be cleaned with household bleach every time you use it.
- It is advisable to have individual use toiletries and products for hand hygiene (soap or hydroalcoholic solution).
- Towels should be changed often and whenever they are wet.
- A mobile phone or intercom (such as those used to monitor babies) should be available to communicate with co-habitants without leaving the room.
- If you have to go to the house’s common areas, put on a surgical mask and wash your hands before leaving the room.
- Always follow respiratory hygiene recommendations: when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or bend your elbow, and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- You can not have any visitors during the isolation period. If you want to talk to someone you do not live with, do so by phone or other means.
- If you are a breastfeeding mother, it is advisable to continue to breastfeed. If you have symptoms or confirm the infection, follow the staff’s instructions. In any case, wear a mask when you are near your baby, and carefully cleanse your hands before coming into contact with your baby.
- If you have pets, try to stay away from them. If this is not possible, wash your hands before and after contact.
Information for co-habitants
- Co-habitants should remain in a different room from the patient and have as little contact as possible. Above all, they must avoid contact with their body fluids – especially mouth or respiratory secretions – and faeces. They must not share with the patient objects for personal use (toothbrush, glasses, plates, cutlery, towels …).
- All co-habitants should wash their hands with soap and water or a water-alcohol solution after any contact with the patient or his/her immediate environment.
- Co-habitants and carers must look out for acute respiratory infection (fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing); if they appear, you should call 902 07 90 79/971 43 70 79.
- The patient must remain in a single room, with the door closed, until the isolation ceases.
- If you must go to the house’s common areas, you should wear a surgical mask and cleanse your hands properly before leaving the room.
- The patient can communicate with co-habitants using a mobile phone or an intercom.
- The patient should often wash his/her hands with soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing or handling tissues used to cover the mouth when coughing. He/she can also use a water-alcohol solution.
- If possible, it is advisable to have a daily record of the entry and exit of people entering the room.
- Do not invite or allow visitors into your home.
- If there are pets in the house, try to keep them away from the patient.