What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by Corona virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (6 feet) with people who are unwell.

What measures you need to take as a caregiver?

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water. Wash hands for atleast 20 seconds
  • Wear gloves while providing care to minimize direct contact with bodily fluids
  • Cover your cough or sneeze in your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as this is the most common way for the virus to enter the body
  • Avoid going to work if you are sick

Here is a guide published by Texas Health & Human Services that shares measures you need to take before, during and after your shift.

How to screen for COVID-19?

Texas Health & Human Services has established a screening flow chart that all the caregivers need to follow before providing care. Key highlights:

  • Screen yourself
  • If your screening is ok, call the family and ask them screening questions
  • Provide care only if both screenings are clear. Follow the flow chart to decide course of action in all cases

Need additional training?

Below is a good source to get some additional training on COVID-19 and your role as a caregiver in infection control.

How to stay upto date?

Please follow CDC site to get the latest information on COVID-19.

Still have questions?

Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.