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Guidelines Issued for Self-Isolation Home Care

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital is sharing guidelines for self-isolation home care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For those who elect or are advised to stay home and self-isolate, whether or not they may have COVID-19, the hospital is relaying the guidelines devised by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

* Stay home except to get medical care.

Restrict activities outside the home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation. Use over-the-counter medications to treat aches and fevers, cough and cold. Hydrate.

* Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

It is especially important to stay away from persons who are elderly or have underlying chronic diseases, as they are at higher risk of severe disease. Restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.

* Call ahead before visiting your doctor.

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

* Wear a face mask.

You should wear a face mask when you are around other people or pets and before you enter a health care provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a face mask, then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a face mask if they enter your room.

* Cover your coughs and sneezes.

Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol.

* Clean your hands often.

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

* Avoid sharing personal household items.

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home.

* Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.

Counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables should be cleaned every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them.

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