Even though COVID-19 cases have started declining in certain areas, it is still a great time to think ahead. Creating a plan for your family and loved ones ahead of a potential COVID-19 surge in your community can help you feel prepared to navigate the situation.
Check out our tips on how to create a COVID-19 household plan.
Talk to everyone who will be included in the plan
Each person in your household may have different needs or opinions about what to do if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your community. Speaking with everyone ahead of time will allow you to take note of what those specific needs are and plan accordingly.
Identify those who need extra care and include steps for them
Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may face more serious complications if they become sick with COVID-19. If you believe you or a member of your household faces increased risk with this virus, contact your health care provider for tips about how to monitor health and any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 during this time.
Decide on a designated isolation space
If someone in your household becomes sick, they will need to do their best to isolate themselves from everyone else. Plan ahead for this now by selecting as a family which area of your home will be a designated isolation space. If possible, the sick individual should have their own bedroom and bathroom to use. If shared space is unavoidable, make sure rooms have good ventilation and air flow.
Talk to your neighbors
Start conversations now with your neighbors about emergency planning. Using neighborhood social media groups or forums for this is a great way to maintain a line of communication with those living near you. These groups are also a great way to stay informed about what resources are currently available to community members.
Compile a list of organizations that you can reach out to if you need access to additional information or support during this time. This list could include a variety of community organizations that provide services like counseling, supplies and food.
It is also important to create an emergency contact list that includes family, neighbors, friends, the local health department, health care providers, employers and other resources that can be of aid if someone in your household does become sick.
Practice and review good hygiene habits
Make sure members of your household included in your emergency plan are practicing actions that can prevent illness from spreading. This includes avoiding those who are sick, frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes as well as cleaning high touch surfaces in your home.
Plan ahead with school and work
Ask your employer and your child’s school or childcare facility about their emergency operations plan. Include any new information from them in your household plan. With your employer, be sure to cover sick leave and teleworking options if you need to stay home and care for anyone who becomes sick.
Stay updated on what Mercy Health is doing related to COVID-19.