CoVid-19 TOTD #11: Caregivers

Covid-19 TOTD Caretakers Image: An illustration of a big blue Covid cell with eyes and a face mask on a chalkboard.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

At Bold Blind Beauty, our goal is for you to enjoy life, but be well while doing it. During #CoVid-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our COVID-19 #TOTD (TipOf The Day) for caregivers.

Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19

By Cheryl Minnette

You need this info if you are a health care worker, caregiver, family member, or friend Who is caring for the needs of someone who has contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).

When you are caring for someone, whether it be in a medical facility or at home, there are certain precautions that one must take. Thought, care, and caution must be taken when handling the patient, who should be in a quarantined environment in order to contain this disease.

Persons that are dealing with soiled linens of someone with COVID-19 should be wearing the appropriate protection that has been specified as proper protective equipment (PPE).

As per the CDC and ICAN in collaboration with the WHO, here is some safety information: 

PPE’s

PPE’s would include heavy-duty gloves, mask, eye protection (face shield/goggles), long-sleeved gown, apron (if the gown is not fluid-resistant), boots, or closed shoes before touching any soiled linen.

Linens

  • Wash linens by machine with warm water (60-90°C) and laundry detergent (recommended for cleaning and disinfection of linens).
  • If machine washing is not possible, linen can be soaked in hot water and soap in a large drum, using a stick to stir, avoiding splashing.
  • If hot water is not available, soak linen in 0.05% chlorine for approximately 30 minutes. 
  • Finally, rinse with clean water and let linen dry fully in the sunlight. 

Staying safe every step of the way should be everyone’s priority.

Your thoughts are welcome, so comment below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated. 

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