Covid Nepal: How to avoid people living in the same house living with the infected

At present, more than one lakh active coronavirus infected people in Nepal are recovering at home. It is said that the number of such infected people is higher in urban areas including Kathmandu Valley which are densely populated and many people live in the same house. In such cases, physicians say that people living in infected homes and non-infected homes should take precautions against coronavirus.

People who have been infected before say that they can feel uncomfortable using a small space and the same toilet with non-infected family members.

What precautions and precautions do doctors recommend when staying at home with an infected person?

The experience of being infected

In the experience of an infected person, living in a house is not easy. However, some infected people have the experience of being able to protect others from infection by adopting protective measures and staying away from family members.

Sagar Kumar Bhattarai of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality of Bhaktapur, who is now free from infection, said that he was comfortable as he was able to manage a separate toilet at home.

"It was easier for us to use other family members in our house and for me to have different toilets," said Bhattarai, who lives in a family of eight, including his three-and-a-half-year-old son.

But after the infection, even if other family members understand the matter, they feel very uncomfortable as they cannot explain it to the children. 

"Why didn't my father love my son? Why didn't he carry me? Why didn't he come to my side?"

Bhattarai said that he was sent to his mother-in-law's house for eight to ten days to protect his son from infection.

Mental stress

Bhattarai, who was initially very worried after being infected, said that he felt like he would die after having a fever for a few days. Bhattarai says that he was worried that it would be difficult to move the other family members after that. However, they have experienced that this has not happened because they have eaten in their own room, used the toilet separately and paid attention to cleanliness. However, he felt lonely while sitting in the room and only negative things came to his mind. He said that he felt very weak mentally as he could not be approached by anyone like in other diseases.

How to be safe

Chief Consultant of Shukraraj Tropical and Communicable Diseases Hospital, Tekuka, Dr. According to Anup Bastola, those who are being treated at home should stay away from other people safely. He suggested not to panic and not to take any medicine as the PCR is positive. He says that even after five days, if there is a problem of fever, cough and lack of oxygen, a doctor should be consulted. According to him, when other people in the house have to share the toilet with the infected person, the infection can be avoided by taking precautionary measures. "Even if the same toilet is used, it should be kept clean and open every time it is infected. The air should be ventilated." He also suggests keeping other areas open, infected areas and items used by infected people clean with soapy water or antiviral kits.

According to the BBC World Service, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a number of measures that can be taken to prevent infection in people living in the same household:

1 ) Infected room

In case the infected person can be kept in a separate room, the door should be closed and the windows should be opened. The air in the room should be ventilated. You can also open the fan for that. Garbage used by the infected should be collected separately. If the infected person has to sleep in the same room, it should be blocked at least two meters away by putting a curtain between the two beds. If you have to sleep in the same bed, it is better to sleep on both sides. Doing so reduces the chances of the infected person moving their breath through other means.

2) Distance

Whenever possible you should not enter an infected person's room. Even if you have to penetrate, you should keep a distance and both of you should wear a mask. When touching an infected object, it should be touched only by using a disposable glove. It is advisable to keep the food at the door and take it only after the infected person leaves.

3) Toilet

Although it is advisable for infected people to use separate toilets as much as possible, it is better for infected people to use it only after others have used it. Then use a glove to clean the toilet with antiviral chemicals. After using the infected person, the toilet should be kept open and air should be allowed to pass through as much as possible.

It is best to use the toilet as long as possible after being used by the infected person. The infected person should have his own handkerchief and clean it as much as possible.  If the infected person cannot clean the toilet, another person should clean it using a mask and gloves and wash their hands immediately with soap and water.

4) Goods

Infected people should use different items like plates, glasses and bowls separately. Utensils used by infected people should be washed with hot water and soap or dishwashing detergent. Then wash your hands with soap and water. Dirty clothes should be removed with gloves and should not be shaken. These clothes can be washed in hot water with other clothes but it is better to dry them at high temperature. Wash your hands with soap and water after washing your clothes.

Mental health care

Psychiatrists say that living in a single home can lead to mental health problems in infected people and other members of the family.

In such a situation, the infected person should take various actions to prevent negative thoughts, he said.

Balananda Sharma, the chief appointee of CCMC, said that the covid control plan
Prohibition order was added in Kathmandu Valley, food and grocery shops were also closed

Psychiatrist. Narmada Devkota says, "Infected people can use technology to avoid feeling lonely by doing video conversations with relatives, meditating on yoga, reading, writing and listening to what they like."

He also suggested that other family members should not be afraid of thinking that if a person is infected at home, we will be infected too.  Devkota said that precautionary measures should be taken to prevent the infection and the infection should be taken as normal to prevent fear.

She also says that mental problems can be reduced if relatives and friends who communicate with the infected and their families encourage them to report negative news.


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