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CDC guidelines to keep households safe

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares some guidelines that can be followed to help take the necessary measures to keep both their households and family safe from COVID-19.

Keeping the home safe by encouraging family members to:

All households –

  • Clean Hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneeze
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions –

Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes, and conditions that suppress the immune system

  • Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves conduct themselves as if they were a significant to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by deeding or caring for the person
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly

Households with sick family members –

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions

For more information, visit CDC – Safety Guidelines

By Sadie Fetui
Ka Lā staff writer

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