It’s important to avoid spreading the virus. Stay home for at least five days, except for medical visits, and self-isolate in one room as much as possible, including eating in your room. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Avoid older or frail relatives with medical conditions. Wear a mask around others for 10 full days, which precludes eating together (and they should wear a mask around you). These measures also apply to people who tested positive for COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.
If you have to share a room, stay at least six feet away from others; your household member should try to sleep six feet away from you and head to foot. Open the windows of shared spaces for good airflow. If sharing a bathroom, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces after you use them; if you are too weak or unable to clean, your caregiver should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after you have used the bathroom before coming in to clean and use the bathroom, according to the CDC. Follow the CDC’s recommendations for how to care for someone with COVID-19.
Do not share cups, plates, utensils, cellphones or other electronics, towels, or bedding, and clean often-touched surfaces such as telephones, doorknobs, and handles daily. Everyone should wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.