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COVID-19 Information for Caregivers and Health Care Professionals

If you’re a caregiver or other health care professional, get the information you need to help keep you and those you care for safe.

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Prevention

In addition to standard COVID-19 prevention recommendations, health care and home care workers should take the following precautions:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wear a face mask in public.
  • Monitor your health for coronavirus symptoms (new onset of fever, cough, sore throat and/or shortness of breath) every day and before each shift.
  • Diligently practice universal precautions.
  • Ensure you are familiar with COVID-19 etiology, symptoms and care requirements. Stay informed about the pandemic through your local health department.
  • Wear personal protective equipment and learn how to optimize its use with tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • After each shift, immediately remove work clothing and wash thoroughly.
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Caring for Someone Who Is Ill

  • Follow the health care provider’s instructions. Care plans may include directions for medications, nutrition, rest and when to seek additional medical care.
  • Assist with basic needs. You may need to provide help with getting groceries, picking up prescriptions and other personal needs.
  • Monitor symptoms. Call the health care provider and report any worsening symptoms. If there is a medical emergency, call 911 and tell them the patient has, or is being evaluated for, COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you’re not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol, rubbing hands together until they are dry.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Utilize the appropriate face masks. As the caregiver, you should wear the appropriate disposable medical grade or N95 mask when you are in the same room as the patient.
  • Wear a disposable face mask and gloves. If you have contact with the patient’s blood, stool or body fluids, wear an appropriate medical grade face mask and gloves.
  • Do not reuse face masks and gloves. They are all one-time use.
  • When removing the personal protective equipment, remove and dispose of the gloves. Immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Then, remove and dispose of the face mask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Properly dispose of personal protective equipment. Place contaminated gloves, face masks and other items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands immediately after handling these items.

Latest COVID-19 Updates

For more information and the latest updates, check out the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) pages on COVID-19.

*Disclaimer: The information is for general purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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