Multi-Generational Household Tips During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Multi-Generational Household Tips During COVID-19 Pandemic

Those who live in a multi-generational household need to be cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic. A multi-generational household is when more than two generations (grandparents, children, and grandchildren) are living under the same roof. COVID-19 can quickly spread to everyone in the household if one person gets the virus. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County encourages those who live in multi-generational households to:

  • Stay at home and away from crowds.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies so you don’t have to go out of the home.
  • When you go out in public, keep at least 6 feet away from others. Do not go to places where people are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.

If someone in your home is sick with COVID-19:

  • Call DOH-Hillsborough at 813-307-8000 and ask to speak to someone in Epidemiology.
  • Have everyone continue to practice good handwashing methods as described above.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, doorknobs and other commonly touched surfaces with common household disinfectants daily.
  • Remind everyone to avoid touching their face, and cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of their elbow or with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
  • As best as possible, isolate the individual with COVID-19 in a separate bedroom and bathroom away from others.
  • Take care of the emotional health of your family, including yourself.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like phones, dishes, bedding, or toys.

If caring for a sick household member monitor for emergency signs, like:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Continual pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion.
  • Bluish lips or face.

Prevent the spread of germs:

  • Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Have the sick person wear a facemask (if available). If sick individuals are unable to wear a facemask, the individual caring for the sick should wear a facemask when in contact with them.
  • Have them use a separate bathroom (if possible).
  • Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.

Treat symptoms:

  • Make sure individuals with COVID-19 drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.
  • Use over-the-counter medicines to help with symptoms. For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.