Coronavirus and Caregiving – What You Need to Know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV).

For many people that we care for at Home Assist Health, including the elderly and/or those with compromised immune systems, we must take extra precautions even though the American public is believed to be at a low risk at this time.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that range from the common cold to much more serious diseases. 2019-nCoV is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

How can you protect yourself the coronavirus?

You can protect yourself from all respiratory infections and prevent the spread of disease by:

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an antiseptic hand gel.
  • Avoiding crowded areas and sick people.
  • Avoiding consumption of raw or undercooked animal products, as per good food.

Other recommendations include that if you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch, and to stay home until you are recovered, if possible.