...and at risk of having had exposure to COVID, are symptomatic with or without a confirmed positive test.

Not everyone who tests positive or is a presumptive positive will need serious medical intervention and may be sent home, here are some guidelines for you to follow:

  • Minimise close contact with other. Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home as much as possible.

  • Minimise close contact with other. Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home as much as possible.

  • If available you should use a separate bathroom.

  • If a separate room is not available, make a makeshift isolation area using materials that are readily available to you.

  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils, linen, beds, couches etc.

  • The above should be washed thoroughly with warm soapy water with a strong disinfectant and water and dried before use by others.

  • Clean all ‘high touch’ surfaces everyday. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning bleach, spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.

  • Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

  • If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and let them know that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

  • Wear a mask or a makeshift mask such as a bandana over your mouth when you exit into common areas in the house. There is no evidence that a homemade bandana may protect others in your home but may have to serve as an alternative the setting of inadequate supply of masks. Where a face shield (that extends to the chin or below) is available use both bandana and face shield.

  • If you are not able to wear a facemask then people who live with you should not be in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and immediately wash your hands.

  • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Minimise the time you spend in shared spaces, if possible get someone to prepare your meals for you, but you will have to wash your plate and cutlery yourself.

  • Wipe down toilet seats and taps before and after use.

  • Do not shake dirty laundry, as this can disperse the virus through the air, and try wash clothes as soon as possible.

  • Do not re-wear dirty clothes. Wash your clothes daily.

  • Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

  • Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.