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What if your Family Member tests COVID-19 Positive?

What if your family member, roommate or colleague has been tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Should you rush to press the panic button?

The doctors round the globe responds it with a big NO.

As per the medical experts, there is no need to be panic, as this would create more harm to you than the virus itself. But you need to follow certain guidelines set by the authorities round the world.

Family members or housemates should get advice from the nearest clinic or hospital inquiring if there is a need to be tested for COVID-19.

Contacts of a confirmed case should voluntarily undergo home quarantine even if not tested. Any person in home quarantine who develops symptoms should contact a hospital for further advice or testing. If a colleague is tested positive, even if there are no symptoms, he/she must stay isolated and will likely be admitted and treated in a hospital, only if sees any symptoms.

All frequently touched surfaces should be sanitised. Clothes and beddings should be immediately removed and washed while wearing disposable gloves.

Also ban all the visitors in the home and avoid sharing household items, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding and other items.

Also, there should be a separate bedroom and bathroom for the infected patients and they should eat in their rooms only. Their utensils should be washed wearing gloves and using hot water.

The family members should stay at home and eat healthy food, and in case the symptoms get severe from the beginning, one must rush immediately to the nearby hospital.

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