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How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

If you have been tested positive for COVID-19 during this coronavirus pandemic, the government urges you self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days. This means avoiding public places and having visitors over.

However, this can be tricky if you are living with other people – especially if you are a mum with young kids. But there are things you can do to ensure the safety of the rest of your family.

As well as being vigilant washing your hands thoroughly, covering your coughs and sneezes, here are some other measures by the Australian Government Department of Health that you can put in place to protect those you live with…

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

10 tips on how to self-isolate if you live with other people

1. Do not share a bed with others

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

This also includes not sleeping in a common area for 14 days.

2. Minimise the time you spend in shared spaces in the house

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

This extends to bathrooms, kitchen, living areas. Make sure surfaces are clean and try to avoid touching them after they have been cleaned.

3. Use separate towels

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

For hygiene purposes do not dry your hands on the same towel or use the same towel as others to dry yourself after you have washed.

4. Clean the toilet after use

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

If you share a toilet and bathroom, make sure you thoroughly clean it after you have used it. You should be using your own toilet paper, hand towels and other supplies.

5. Have your meals in your isolated room

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

It may be worth taking your meals back to your room to eat and ask someone else in your household, such as your partner, to prepare meals for the rest of your family. This is so you can avoid the kitchen area.

6. Wash your dishes separately

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

Dishes, crockery and cutlery can be cleaned in a dishwasher. For extra precaution, your items can be washed separately using washing up liquid and warm water.

7. Avoid doing other people’s laundry

How to home isolate if you have COVID-19 and how to avoid passing it onto your family

Wash and put away towels and tea towels you are using but do touch everyone else’s laundry in the household or put it away.

8. Reduce close contact with your children

While this will be hard at times to do, try to avoid spending too much time in close proximity with your children. This may be stressful, but you can assure them that you are doing this to protect them from becoming sick.

9. Be vigilant while breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding, wash your hands before touching your baby, breast pump or bottles. Wear a face mask to avoid coughing or sneezing on baby while you are nursing. Alternatively, your partner could feed your child if you express milk.

10. Stay in a well-ventilated room

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened, so there is clean airflow into the room. Change your bed sheets yourself, do not let anyone else come into the room during your period of self-isolation.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.