A new, free guidebook recently made available online contains useful information on how to provide care for yourself or a household member if someone becomes infected with COVID-19. According to the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH), more than 90% of people in Hawaiʻi who get infected with COVID-19 get all their care in the home setting.
How to Care for Persons with COVID-19 was compiled by DOH, various state agencies and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH). The 50-page booklet provides information, including:
- Supplies to have on hand now for your household
- What to ask the sick person’s healthcare provider and/or how to locate one
- What to do when isolating at home
- Tips on caregiver safety, PPEs, cleaning and disinfecting
- Self-care advice
- Statewide resources (community health centers, food banks, COVID-19 assistance, etc.)
- Fillable sheet for important contacts and health monitoring log
“I am honored to have been included as a member of the DOH Public Health Nursing team that led these efforts,” said Kristine Qureshi, SONDH associate dean of research and global health. “This booklet provides a wealth of information about how to provide COVID-19 care in the home setting, keep other family members safe and sources for additional support. It is also an excellent resource to read through as we can all do our best to be prepared in the event a family member does get infected with COVID-19.”
Information regarding COVID-19 is being updated as more is learned about the virus. For more go to hawaiicovid19.com.