While we all know it is best to protect ourselves and our loved ones by getting a yearly flu vaccine, sometimes the flu still sneaks into our lives. When this happens you need to know how to take care of the sick person and to stop the flu from spreading to others. Here are some ideas and tips:
Caring for the sick person
• Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible.
• The sick person should not have visitors other than caregivers.
• Have the sick person to cover their mouth when they cough, regularly clean their hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
• The person with the flu should not leave the house if they have a fever or during the time that they are most contagious unless it is necessary for medical care. With seasonal flu, studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to seven days after they get sick. Children, (especially younger children), might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
• If the person with the flu HAS to leave the home for medical care, they should cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and wear a loose-fitting surgical mask if available.
• With respect to a surgical mask, have the sick person wear it if for some reason they have to be in a common area of the house near other people.
• If at possible, the sick person should use a separate bathroom which should be cleaned daily with household disinfectant to prevent the spread of the virus to others in the home.
In our next blog we’ll have ideas for protecting others in the home who have not yet contracted the flu.