Safety Measures to follow if someone Tests COVID Positive
If someone in the apartment or building you are living in has tested positive for coronavirus, it is important to take precautions. You need to avoid lobbies, elevators, and hallways, and act more cautiously to safeguard your loved ones and your health. You need to take extra preventive measures if you are living in a condo complex or an apartment building. Moreover, it will be wise to keep distance from others and cover your face with a mask in common areas to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
Encourage Behaviors that Reduce the Spread of Coronavirus
Encourage the staff and residents behaviors and practices that help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. In this case an individualized approach might be needed for people with physical or emotional disabilities.
Some people would require close contact with direct service providers (therapists, home care nurses, social workers, etc.), have trouble understanding information. During this time you might face difficulties with changing routine but this is to ensure your safety.
Promote Disinfection and Cleaning
- Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces i.e. doors, gates, hand railings, stairs, taps, etc. As much as possible do this in the common areas daily or in between the usage.
- People with respiratory issues should avoid going to these areas immediately after disinfecting
- Limit using the objects that are shared like door bells, remote controls, biometric, print etc. whenever possible try and clean these objects with sanitizer spray
- Develop a schedule for disinfection, and routine cleaning
Promote Social Distancing
- Interacting with people closely and for longer times, increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19
- Maintain social distancing by asking residents and workers from different households to maintain distance. Tell them to stay at least 2 meters or 6 feet apart whenever possible
- Any social gathering of more than 10 people should be avoided
- Social distancing can get difficult for disabled, therefore, be considerate with them
- Avoid establishing any close contact with any visitor. Instead of shaking hands, or hugging, prefer to waive or do verbal greetings
Self-isolate or Quarantine when Required
- At time what’s important is to educate the building residents about self-isolating after a possible exposure to Coronavirus, or on showing COVID-19 symptoms
- You can actively encourage residents who showcase COVID-19 symptoms or who are ill to stay home unless they are seeking any medical care
- Anyone who has come in close contact with a coronavirus positive person should monitor symptoms and stay home for at least 14 days
- Ensure adhering to social distancing and self-isolating guidelines for people with disabilities
- Encourage adherence to recommendations for animals and pets present in the household
- The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay at home in quarantine for 14 days if you think you have been exposed to a COVID positive person. You can also check your local health department’s website to gather information about options in your area regarding the quarantine period
To reduce the risk, experts say, it falls on both the building management, residents of the building, and the infected person or people to strictly follow the Center for Disease Control's guidelines.
Promote Mask Wearing
- The residents, workers, and visitors encourage the use of masks as per the CDC guidelines in common areas and public
- Advise residents to avoid people who are not wearing masks or to ask others around them to wear masks
- However, there might be some residents who are not recommended to wear masks or cannot wear masks:
- Wearing masks might be difficult for people with cognitive, sensory, or behavioral issues
- If you have children in your house who are under the age of 2-years, has trouble breathing, is incapacitated or cannot remove the mask without assistance
If it’s difficult to wear a mask, some alternatives and adaptations can be considered to increase the viability of wearing a mask to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Make sure that the residents have an adequate supply of daily needs
Practice healthy hygiene behaviors by providing daily needs, including soaps, hand sanitizers, tissues, masks, disinfectant wipes, masks, and do not touch any common touch points.
COVID pandemic imposes a challenging time for all of us. But what’s necessary at this time is to take precautions and following the social distancing guidelines. And if someone in your building contracts the disease then you can follow the guideline given above.
Written By: PolicyBazaar - Updated: 09 December 2020