What Should I Do if Someone in My House Has COVID-19?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world in many ways, from work to school to home. If someone you live with – whether in a house, dorm, apartment, or another setting – has tested positive for COVID-19, it’s time to take safety measures to protect yourself and others. At University Urgent Care, our ER doctors and nurse practitioners stand ready to help our Forth Worth, TX patients navigate the new and ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

How should I protect myself from COVID-19 in my household?

You already know the basics of slowing the spread of COVID-19, including avoiding crowds and washing your hands with soap and water frequently. It’s also important to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This is the best way to protect yourself from getting and spreading the virus.

But if COVID-19 has made it into your household, dorm room, or other living space, you’ll need to take extra measures to keep you and others safe.

If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Encourage the person with COVID-19 to completely isolate, such as in their bedroom or in another dorm room dedicated to those with COVID-19.

  • Stay separate from the sick individual, including using a different bedroom and bathroom.

  • Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops.

  • Wear a mask when inside your home.

  • Limit the number of visitors you allow in your living space. If you must have visitors, keep visits short, gather in areas where you can stay six feet apart, and open the doors and windows when possible.

If you do need to engage directly with the person who has COVID-19, such as to care for them, take the following steps to keep yourself safe:

  • Ask them to wear a mask when you’re around.

  • Use disposable gloves when cleaning any areas around the person who is sick or areas throughout your home that they are likely to have touched.

  • Do not reuse or disinfect gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly after removing them.

You’ll also need to monitor your health by staying alert for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This is even more important if you must leave the house for activities, like going to work, school, or other places where it will be difficult to stay six feet away from others.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, take your temperature, and schedule a telemedicine appointment with University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Fort Worth, TX

Whether through a telemedicine appointment or by using online scheduling to make an appointment for a COVID-19 test, it’s important to know your own health status to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Our medical team is prepared to help you navigate, keeping both you and your loved ones safe, including if someone you live with has COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic winds down, continue washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX, University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhood areas.

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