COVID-19

SNS 24: 808 24 24 24

Departamento de saúde pública

março 2020

Information for people home treatment

Stay at home

Stay at home. Do not go to work, school or public spaces. Do not use public transport or taxi until you are informed that you can do so. If you need groceries or medicines you should ask for help, or alternatively place orders by phone or online. In the delivery instructions indicate that the packages must be left outside the door.

Do your part put yourself apart

Avoid contact with other people inside the house

You should be in an airy room separate from the rest of the coexistence, with the door closed. You should not share your bed with someone else – if possible sleep alone. Avoid contact with other people inside the house, as much as possible. Try to keep a distance of at least 2 meters. Preferably, use an individual bathroom, do not share toiletries or soap. Use towels separate from other family members, both to dry yourself after bathing and after hand hygiene. If an individual bathroom is not possible, reinforce its cleanliness after use, with water and bleach (1 bleach measure for 49 water measures). Avoid using the kitchen (or other common spaces) at the same time as other people – whenever possible, meals should be eaten in the isolation room. Avoid sharing objects inside the home. Avoid contact with pets – if you do, wash your hands before and after contact.

Do not receive visits

Do not receive visitors at your home or in the isolation room. Do not invite or allow visits. Only those who live in your home should be allowed to stay. If it is urgent to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, do so by telephone.

Respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene measures

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow fold, not your hands. Always use single-use tissues. Throw used tissues in a waste bin and wash your hands immediately. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, rubbing them well for at least 20 seconds and drying them thoroughly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with hands that are dirty or contaminated with respiratory secretions.

Avoid sharing household objects

Avoid sharing objects inside the home. You should not share cell phones, plates, glasses, kitchen utensils, towels, bedding or other objects with others in your home. See instructions on how to wash clothes and kitchen utensils in the next section “Washing and cleaning inside the home”.

Washing and cleaning inside the house

Kitchen utensils should preferably be washed in a machine at high temperatures. If not possible, wash by hand with hot water and detergent, and dry vigorously with an individual cloth. If an individual bathroom is not possible, reinforce its cleanliness after use, with water and bleach (1 bleach measure for 49 water measures). When cleaning surfaces that may be damaged with bleach, you can, alternatively, use alcohol at 70ºC. Clothes should be washed at high temperatures, preferably 60ºC or more, if the nature of the textile allows it.

Symptom surveillance

Be aware of your health. Measure and record your temperature in the morning and evening. Also note the occurrence of other symptoms, such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, muscle pain. If symptoms develop, or get worse, inform the Health Officer at the next contact or call SNS 24 (808 24 24 24).

Take care of your health

Keep in touch with friends and family by phone / online. While at home, have hobbies (for example, reading books, watching a movie). If possible, do regular exercise inside your home. If you have symptoms, get plenty of rest, drink water to stay hydrated, and take fever medication. If symptoms develop, or get worse, inform the Health Officer at the next contact or call SNS 24 (808 24 24 24). In case of emergency, you should call 112.

For cohabitants

All cohabitants should reinforce hand hygiene, washing them frequently with soap and water, rubbing them for at least 20 seconds. They should always wash their hands before eating, after going to the bathroom, and whenever they handle the patient’s clothes or dishes. Help the patient to watch for symptoms. In case of aggravation, contact the SNS24 (808 24 24 24). In case of emergency,
call 112. The person who develops symptoms should call the SNS24 (808 24 24 24).

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