Now we have more coronavirus in our homes! Acıbadem Taksim Hospital Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Çağrı Büke said, “ Considering the fact that almost 80 percent of the cases diagnosed with the Covid-19 PCR test are at a level that their treatment can be carried out at home, it should be noted that the important contamination environment of Covid-19 is now home environments and people who share the same home environment. “This situation prompts us to review what should be considered in the same home environment as a Covid-19 positive phenomenon.” So, what are the rules of living in the same house with a patient with Covid-19 that should not be neglected even for a moment?
Living in a separate room is a must
A person who has a positive Covid-19 test must live in a separate room for a while. The door of the patient’s room should always be closed, and unlike other family members, he should eat in the room reserved for him for a certain period of time.
If entering the room, a mask should definitely be worn.
No one should enter the room of the sick person unless it is compulsory, and the sick person should not go out of this room except in compulsory cases. When the person who has a positive Covid-19 test result has to enter the room, everyone should wear a mask to cover both the mouth and the nose. Even for a moment, the mask should not be neglected and attention should be paid to social distance.
Bathroom should be cleaned after every use
If possible, a separate bathroom / toilet should be provided to the sick person for toilet and washing needs. If this is not possible and the same bathroom-toilet is shared with other family members, the floor, surface, toilet, sink, fountain taps and shower area should be wiped and cleaned with disinfectant after the sick person uses each bathroom-toilet.
Laundry and food items should be separated
The person who has a positive Covid-19 test result can take the clothes and glasses, plates, forks, knives, spoons, etc. Such items should be separated. Laundry separately and in the machine, and the items used for food should be washed in the machine or by hand with detergent and water after use.
Hands should be washed after touching common areas
Immediately after contact with the common contact surfaces with the hands of everyone sharing the same home environment, before the meal, after the meal, after the toilet, after preparing the food before preparing the meal, after contact with the belongings of the Covid-19 positive person and whenever necessary, should be washed with water. Hand antiseptics can also be used for hand cleaning when necessary.
Covid-19 patient should wear a mask at home
When a Covid-19 patient goes out of the room in case of necessity, or when going to the bathroom or toilet, he / she should wear his mask with his mouth and nose closed and move around the house.
Surfaces should be cleaned frequently
All surfaces where hand contact may be possible such as door handles and electrical switches should be wiped with disinfectant and detergent water after contact.
Towels must be separate
Since towels are items with a high risk of contamination, everyone in the house should normally have their towels separate. Especially if there is a Covid-19 patient at home, towels should not be shared in any way. It should be a separate towel or be provided to use paper towels. Paper towels and toilet paper should be thrown into separate bags and finally tied and thrown into garbage bags.
Pillow faces should be changed every day
The pillow covers of the Covid-19 patient should be changed every day and washed in the machine at at least 60 degrees, their linens should be changed every three days and washed at at least 60 degrees.
The house should be ventilated regularly
The room where there is a Covid-19 positive person and all possible areas of the house should be ventilated for a few minutes a day and for a certain period of time. In addition, non-Covid households should definitely not accept anyone for a ‘get well soon’ visit. Because home visit is one of the environments with the highest risk of contamination! Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Çağrı Büke said, “These applications should be continued for a while after the Covid-19 test becomes negative, if the test is not done, it should be continued until 48 hours after the symptoms have completely disappeared or for an average of 14 days after the onset of symptoms. It should not be forgotten that he can do it, ”he says.