Expert Warns COVID Threat is in Your Home
You follow the fundamentals whenever you leave the house—including wear a mask, socially distance from others, practice hand hygiene, avoid crowded spaces, and stay outdoors as much as possible. However, according to some of the world's top infectious disease experts, your biggest risk of contracting COVID-19 isn't actually lurking outside of your home. In fact, the majority of transmission is occurring in the comfort of your own home. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Why is the COVID Threat in Your Home?
Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist revealed during a social media Q&A, that most people who are infected with COVID-19 are catching it while at home.
"Most transmission is actually still happening in households," she explained. "This we knew from the beginning, from the outbreaks that were detected in China. And one of the most important things that they did in China was recognizing this, and then isolating individuals who are infected outside of the home."
One of the main reasons this is the case, is because when someone is infected with the virus, they usually ride it out at home, where other people live. Therefore, everyone else in the household is exposed to it. "There's the possibility that the virus will spread within the household," she said.
Consider Treatment Outside the Home
She explains that the best case scenario would be seeking treatment outside of the home, which usually isn't possible. However, for those who are more at risk—including older people, those with compromised immune systems, or with preexisting conditions—they should seriously consider it.
"We realize that that is not possible globally, with so many cases that we are seeing, but it is important that if you are in a high risk group—if you are over 60, if you have any underlying conditions—that you are cared for in a medical facility," she said. "The reason for that is because you are at a higher risk of developing severe disease and of death."
The CDC has published specific guidance as to how you should care for someone at home who has tested COVID positive. Their suggestions include isolating them away from other family members, keeping them in a separate room and preferably using their own bathroom, and making sure the space is properly ventilated. They also share a slew of other tips on how to stay safe while taking care of a loved one with COVID on their website. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.