The COVID-19 Modelling Consortium advising government have projected that between June and November this year 12-million to 13-million cases of COVID-19 can be expected in South Africa. Most people won’t even know that they have contracted the virus and the vast majority will only have mild symptoms and recover quickly. In some cases, however, infected people may become ill and will need some special treatment at home.
The idea of people being able to self isolate away from the people who share their residence with them is incredibly difficult in South Africa. Nonetheless, there are steps that can be taken to try and keep everyone healthy. These are some tips and tricks you can share with people who are caring for people with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Ensure the ill person rests, drinks plenty of fluids and eats nutritious food.
Frequently clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based rub, especially after any type of contact with the ill person or their surroundings; before, during and after preparing food; before eating; and after using the toilet.
Identify surfaces frequently touched by the ill person and clean and disinfect them daily.
Wear a medical mask when in the same room as an ill person. Do not touch your mask or face during use and discard it afterwards.
Use dedicated dishes, cups, eating utensils, towels and bed linens for the ill person. Wash these items used by the ill person with soap and water.
Call the national COVID-19 call centre (0800 029 999) immediately if the ill person worsens or experiences difficulty breathing.
Too often those of you who provide healthcare and support to people in their own homes don’t get the recognition you deserve. We want to thank you and to tell you that we value you so much. Please also tell your families how much we appreciate you.