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Safely Care for Someone Who Has Covid-19

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about how to care for someone who has COVID-19?

A person who has COVID-19 may be able to pass the virus to others during and after recovery. The virus can be passed starting 2 to 3 days before symptoms begin or before a positive test if symptoms never begin. The virus is mainly spread in droplets that form when a person talks, sings, coughs, or sneezes. The droplets can also float in the air or land on surfaces and objects. Follow directions from healthcare providers so you safely care for a person who is recovering from COVID-19 at home.

How can I safely care for the person?

If the person lives in another home, arrange for a time to give care. Remember to bring a few pairs of disposable gloves and a face covering. The person's healthcare provider may give you specific instructions to follow. The following are general guidelines:

What else can I do to protect myself?

Prevent COVID-19 Infection

Where can I find more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call the person's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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