Do you know someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of the virus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tips for individuals caring for someone with COVID-19 in a home or nonhealthcare setting, as well as someone who tested positive but is showing no symptoms.
People at higher risk of severe illness should call their doctor as soon as symptoms start.
Provide Support and Basic Needs
Caregivers should watch for COVID-19 emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in chest, inability to stay awake and/or bluish lips or face. Call 9-1-1 if the person sick is showing any of these signs. Additional care someone can provide to a person with COVID-19 includes:
Protect Yourself While Providing Care
Caregivers can protect themselves from contracting COVID-19 by following these CDC tips:
For a more detailed list, visit CDC’s Caring for Someone Sick at Home webpage.