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If you develop any NEW SYMPTOM please go back to the initial screen and go through the systems again and see the new recommendation
Instructions from the MoH leaflet
Follow the measures given below while you are isolating yourself from others at home:
- Make sure you stay separately, away from others at home.
- It is very important to get adequate rest.
- Drink adequate amounts of healthy liquids – 2 to 2.5 liters daily and have nutritious meals.
- Take 1000mg of paracetamol ( a maximum of 2 tablets) every 6 hours for fever. For children give prescribed dose of paracetamol according to their weight.
- Continue taking you regular medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other ailments
- Take only the medications prescribed by your doctor
Take care of your mental health:
- Stay in touch with loved ones over the phone, via email and social media, or using video technologies such as Whatsapp and zoom.
- Maintain your daily routines – bathing daily, wearing clean clothes, having normal meals.
- Engage in creative activities, use this time while being isolated to try new activities, but do not exert yourself too much.
- Engage in religious/spiritual activities.
- If needed you can call the National Mental Health Support Service: 1926
When you are isolating yourself at home, take the following preventive measures to prevent infecting your loved ones who are at home.
- Stay in a well-ventilated room away from other people in the house.
- If possible, use a separate toilet/bathroom that is not used by others.
- Make sure no one comes into your home or room.
- Wash you hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Wear face masks when going out of your room.
- Don’t touch your mask while you are wearing it. When your mask becomes moist, change it immediately to a new , dry one. Other people in the house should wear masks that cover the mouth and nose.
- Sanitize frequently touched surfaces. Use separate bed linen, towels, cups and plates.
- Caregivers should disinfect commonly used surfaces (such as doors, toilet faucets, sinks) and any surface.
- Everyone in the house should cover their mouths with the inner side of their elbow when coughing/sneezing.
Recommendations for your carers/ family
- If anyone in your household has been a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Get them tested for COVID-19 by informing the PHI or MOH of your area
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When to take a bath ?
Its it ok to have a bath with ඇල් වතුර ? Or with උණු වතුර
? ඇල් වතුර අත ගෑවට කමක් නැද්ද ?
2. When to stop vitamins. (Vit C , vit D , zyncovit ..)
3. Is it ok to consume various foods like papaya , king coconut, cow’s milk … etc 🙄
4. For how many days the virus will exist inside the body ?
5. for how long will they be infectious to others ?
6. When to take the next vaccination?
7. Do they have to perform a PCR / RAT again , after finishing their quarantine period?
8. Do they have to go for a check up after recovery of COVID , in order to make sure their lungs are ok ?
9. How frequently they have to do steam inhalation?
Home Care Instructions for Patients and Their Caregivers when COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed – LINK
Caring for Someone Sick at Home – CDC LINK
COVID-19 Symptoms and Caregiving -UNICEF – LINK
What is self-quarantine, and how do I do it?
You may have been told by your doctor or health care provider to self-quarantine. What does that mean and how do you do it? Follow these steps:
- Do not leave home unless it is to see a doctor.
- Keep a distance of at least one metre between you and your family members.
- Use a separate room for yourself if you can.
- Use a different bathroom if possible. If you don’t have one in your home, make sure you clean the door handles, tap and toilet flush handle and seat with an antiseptic after use.
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Use separate cutlery, crockery, towels and bedspreads/sheets.
- Your family members should do the same.
- No visitors should come home.
- Sneeze and/or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue. The tissue should be thrown into the dustbin. You should wash your hands thoroughly, afterwards.