HEALTH & WELLNESS
Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19
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).
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.
- 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.
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