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Virus: How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home, Advice for caregivers (CDC, WHO, PHAC)

Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated June 28, 2020

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This interim guidance is for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation1 of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, including persons under investigation (see Criteria to Guide Evaluation of Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19). This includes patients evaluated in an outpatient setting who do not require hospitalization (i.e., patients who are medically stable and can receive care at home) or patients who are discharged home following a hospitalization with confirmed COVID-19 infection.

In general, people should adhere to home isolation until the risk of secondary transmission is thought to be low. Visit the Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities page for more information.


SOURCE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-home-care.html

PHAC: How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home, Advice for caregivers

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Date modified: Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: 2020-05-01

If you are caring for a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow this advice to protect yourself and others in the home, as well as those in your community.


  • Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours.
  • Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.


SOURCE: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/how-to-care-for-person-with-covid-19-at-home-advice-for-caregivers.html

CDC: If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone

Updated May 24, 2020

If a parent or a sole caregiver has COVID-19

Everyone in the home should practice everyday preventive actions. Those in the home who are sick with COVID-19 should follow CDC’s guidance for what to do if you are sick and when it is safe to end your isolation.

If a child’s parent or caregiver is sick with COVID-19, follow the steps below to help protect the child from infection.

Older children

The child should avoid physical contact with the sick parent or caregiver until all sick people have ended their home isolation. For the child to safely have no interaction with the parent or caregiver, the child should be old enough to legally be home alone and mature enough to care for themselves.

Younger children

If the parent or sole caregiver will be caring for the child while sick, they should contact the child’s healthcare provider for advice on how to best protect the child from infection.

  • Young children should be supervised at all times.
  • If the parent or the sole caregiver is too ill to care for the child, they should see if there is a caregiver outside of the home with whom the child can stay. The caregiver should not be someone who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as the child has likely been exposed to the virus. The caregiver will need to help the child quarantine for 14 days since they last had close contact (less than 6 feet way from someone for more than 15 minutes) with the sick person.


SOURCE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/parents-caregivers.html


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