Guidance for Patients and Carers

The CDC recently released new guidelines in relation to masks for all sectors of society. Please see this article New Recommendations Regarding the Use of Face Masks During Covid-19 for more information

The general guidance released for Patients and Carers is as follows:

  • Continue to take your medication and follow medical advice
  • Secure a one-month supply of your medication or longer if possible
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or use hand sanitiser often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • Keep a distance of at least one to two metres from people with a cough, cold or flu
  • Greet people without touching (hold off on handshakes and hugs)
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid crowds and non-essential travel
  • Be extra careful if you have more than one medical condition (e.g. diabetes and heart disease)
  • Seek medical attention if you have Covid-19 symptoms for more than two days
  • Quit smoking and avoid using coping strategies involving alcohol or drugs
  • Safeguard your mental health
  • Visits from people who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with your daily needs or social care should continue, but carers and care workers must stay away if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19). All people coming to your home should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival to your house and often while they are there
  • You should have an alternative list of people who can help you with your care if your main carer becomes unwell
  • It has been shown that tobacco use (including tobacco smoking, vaping and using e-cigarettes) are at an increased risk of developing a more severe Covid-19 disease. If you do use tobacco products, it would be recommended to stop – this will not only protect you from severe Covid-19 disease but will be good for your lung health in general