Take it easy Do not go to work, avoid all non-essential travel, activity and social interaction with other people (even those you live with) Discuss supportive care with your doctor.
Stay Clean Wash your hands with soap frequently or use an alcohol-based sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol when water is not available. Regularly discard used tissues in a lined bin. Cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow. High-touch surfaces like table tops, counters, toilets, phones, computers etc. should be frequently cleaned. A bleach and water solution is easy and cheap to use as a disinfectant. Read the instructions and care guidelines of any household items before use.
Mask up Wear a face mask when in the same room or vehicle as other people. Functional face masks reduce the spread of droplets and wearing yours will greatly help to prevent those around you from possible infection.
Be socially conscious You have a social responsibility to stay away from other people during this period. Accept no visitors.
Keep to yourself Limit your contact to those who live within your home and keep a two metre distance from you. If you live in shared accommodation, you should stay in your room with the door closed and use your own bathroom. Keep windows open for good ventilation. Only venture into communal areas when necessary, while wearing a face mask and with clean hands.
No sharing! You should avoid sharing household items like dishes, cups, cutlery and towels. All items should be washed with soap and water after use, this will make them ready for reuse.
Do your laundry When doing laundry at home, wash your items at the highest temperature compatible for the fabric (above 60° C). Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty clothes or wash your hands when you are done. Be sure to clean all surfaces around the washing machine and wash your hands after removing and disposing your gloves.
Keep smiling Isolation can be taxing on one’s mental health, especially when living alone. If well enough, use your time for uplifting entertainment and self-reflection, and remember to practice gratitude! Reach out to loved ones often to keep yourself feeling supported and connected.
Monitor your symptoms Seek immediate medical attention if your illness is worsening, for example, if you have difficulty breathing. If it’s not an emergency, call your doctor or healthcare facility for a virtual consultation. For Gauteng patients, please get in touch with us to borrow a pulse oximeter for use while you are unwell.If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, inform the call handler or operator that you may have/have COVID-19 so that they can arrive prepared.