PPE In COVID-19 Patients
If you suspect you are sick or are sick with COVID-19, it is imperative to follow some health guidelines. People with SARS-CoV-2 have many symptoms like fatigue, body aches, headache, shortness of breath, congestion, cough, chills, runny nose, diarrhea, and vomiting. Please consider not everyone infected will have all symptoms, and fever may or may not rise.
Usually, symptoms appear two to fourteen days after you have been exposed to the virus.
The good news is that most people with COVID-19 have mild illnesses and can stay home to recover with no need for medical care. But it is vital to stay home and go out only to get medical care. Please refrain from visiting public places.
Make sure to request medical care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning symptoms, or if you don’t feel well and think it is an emergency.
You must take good care of yourself. You must rest and stay hydrated. Since there is no miracle cure for COVID-19, you can take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you ease the symptoms.
Quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease to more people. It is a wise idea to stay away from public transportation, taxis, or ride-sharing services.
Please note that sick people with confirmed or possible COVID-19 must wear PPE like facemasks when taking care of them medically. All people caring for patients with SARS-CoV-2 virus, including healthcare professionals, should wear recommended personal protective equipment to prevent disease transmission.
Personal Protective Equipment
If you are a patient with COVID-19, you should use PPE to protect the people around you. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when anyone is near, including pets.
Please note that it is not required to wear a face cover if you are alone or have trouble breathing. Always cover your coughs and sneezes with the elbow to prevent respiratory air droplets.
It is wise to stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Children under the age of two years, anyone who can’t remove the cover without help, or someone who has difficulty breathing should not wear a face mask.
If you are taking care of someone with COVID-19, it is crucial to use PPE to protect yourself from getting infected. Always wear a face mask if you can’t keep away from the patient.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use a hand sanitizer. If possible, put on an isolation gown if you need to enter the patient’s room or wash your clothes immediately to prevent transmission.
Never wear a face mask under the chin or store it in pockets when you are near COVID-19’s patient. It is a terrific idea to always secure the mask ties on the crown of the neck’s head and base. If, for any reason, the mask has openings around the face, hook it correctly around the ears.
Other PPE you can use are face shields and goggles. It is recommended to protect your eyes with a shield or goggles when you are near the patient. Face shields are an easy way to provide full-face coverage. Even though goggles are an excellent option to protect your eyes, fogging is common.
Before entering the patient’s room, we strongly suggested to put on gloves.
You have to remember that personal protective equipment (PPE) protects you against hazards risks.
Disinfect And Clean
Clean and disinfect all house areas, especially those that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
Keep in mind that it is an excellent idea to clean the area with soap and water or another detergent before using a disinfectant.
Clean and disinfect the area wearing personal protective equipment like gloves to prevent transmission and skin irritations. It is essential to have adequate ventilation when using a household disinfectant to stop any health issues.
The World Health Organization recommends household disinfectants with 0.05% sodium hypochlorite (NaCIO) and products based on at least 70% ethanol. Follow the label’s instructions to ensure the safe and effective use of the product.
If you are wearing PPE while cleaning and disinfecting, make sure to dispose of them. Do not reuse them.
Finally, remember the best way to protect others if you are suffering from COVID-19 is self-isolation.