As the number of self-isolation cases increase, UT Health San Antonio is following the CDC's recommendation for preventing the spread of COVID-19, specifically while in 14-day isolation.
The following are steps that should be taken if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home ideally in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened. Do not invite anyone over to your home.
- Use a separate bathroom. If a separate bathroom is not available, consideration should be given to drawing up a bathroom rotation for washing or bathing, with the isolated person using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bathroom.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the sick person should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
- Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. If possible, use disposable items like paper/plastic plates, cups and utensils.
- Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. Laundry should be washed separate from the non COVID-19 family members.
- Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.
- Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions to reduce the risk of secondary transmission to others and the risk of transmission is thought to be low.
- Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask
For more information on steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 please visit the CDC website.