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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Quarantine is defined as the separation and restriction of the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
For Covid-19, it is required to undergo 14 days of home quarantine or more.
Please note the following definitions of products that should be available in your home and with you at all times during the quarantine:

  • Detergent: a cleaning agent (used in home) that helps remove dirt from inert surfaces.
  • Disinfectant: an antimicrobial agent designed to inactivate or destroy microorganisms on inert surfaces (e.g. use the disinfectant to spray all bags from outside).
  • Alcohol-based hand rub: an antiseptic solution used to rub hands to inactivate or destroy microorganisms (70% alcohol).

 

If you were in a medical facility and you were asked to quarantine

  1. Keep the surgical mask on and head directly to your car
  2. Drive without passengers, if possible
  3. Clean your car before other use
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Remove your face mask in the room in which you will be isolated
  6. Discard the mask in a closed garbage bin
  7. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

 

Hand Hygiene Importance

General tips

  • Stay in a well-ventilated room at all times, with a window to outside that you can open frequently
  • Do not turn on central air conditioning if it exists
  • Always keep the door closed
  • Do not have visitors
  • Do not leave your room to sit with your family/visitor
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean frequently with a regular detergent all touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, remotes, light switches, smart devices, handles, toilets, faucets, sink, etc.
  • Check yourself for any symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, etc.
    If you feel unwell, call your doctor for further instructions.

 

Food Service

Avoid sharing household items (cups, towels, eating utensils, etc…)

    • Use disposable utensils (cups, plates, eating utensils, etc…)
      • Your food should be left at the doorstep. Please follow these steps:
        1. Wash your hands
        2. Wear a face mask
        3. Pick up your food tray from the doorstep
        4. Clean whatever surface touched outside your room
        5. Clean the table before and after you eat on it
        6. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after eating
        7. Dispose of everything in a closed garbage bin
    • If you DO NOT have disposable utensils (cups, plates, eating utensils, etc…)
      • Same steps above should be applied in addition to after eating:

        1. Wash your hands
        2. Wear a face mask
        3. Clean all used utensils with detergent
        4. Place it in a closed bag
        5. Spray the closed bag with the disinfectant
        6. Place the bag outside of your room for someone to pick it up.

 

Garbage Disposal

Put all used utensils including tissues and masks in an impermeable garbage bag in your room.

  • If you want to put the bag in the waste area by yourself, take with you the alcohol-based hand rub and the regular detergent (in a spray bottle).
    Abide by the following steps:

    1. Wash your hands and put on a facemask
    2. Tie the bag
    3. Wash your hands
    4. Spray the bag with regular detergent
    5. Take the bag to your home door and dispose it in a closed bin
    6. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub
    7. Spray the handle of the bin with the regular detergent
    8. Spray the home door handle and anything else touched on your way
    9. Go back to your room
    10. Spray your room door handle
    11. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub
    12. Take off the face mask and discard it in a closed garbage bin
    13. Wash your hands again with soap and water

  • If someone will collect the garbage, they should prepare a large, wide open bag at your door.
    You should follow the following steps:

    1. Wash your hands and wear a facemask
    2. Tie your garbage bag tightly
    3. Wash your hands
    4. Spray the bag with the disinfectant solution
    5. Dispose the garbage bag in another bigger bag provided at the door of your room without touching the bigger bag
    6. Spray your room door handle
    7. Wash your hands with soap and water
    8. Remove your face mask and discard it in a closed garbage bin
    9. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub

 

Bathroom

Use a separate bathroom. If you cannot have your own bathroom:

    1. Wash your hands and wear a face mask before going to the bathroom
    2. Clean anything you have touched with a regular detergent that you get from your room
    3. Wash your hands before going back to the room with an alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water followed by spraying the water tabs with a regular detergent
    4. Return directly to your room
    5. Clean the door handle of your room before entering
    6. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub
    7. Take off the facemask and discard it in a closed garbage bin
    8. Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub

Don’t share towels with others
Keep your towels in your room; take them with you when needed

 

Laundry

If you want to wash your clothes, take the alcohol-based hand rub, the disinfectant (in a spray bottle), and the laundry soap with you.
Apply the following steps:

    1. Put your linen and clothes for washing in an impermeable bag
    2. Do not shake dirty laundry to minimize the risk of dispersing the virus through the air
    3. Wash your hands and put on a face mask
    4. Spray the laundry bag with the disinfectant
    5. Proceed to the washing machine, put your clothes in, and operate it
    6. Wash your hands
    7. Wipe the washing machine and all surfaces that you have touched with the disinfectant solution that you brought from your room
    8. Take the used bag with you to your room along with the hand rub, disinfectant solution and laundry soap
    9. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub
    10. Wipe the door handle of your room before entering
    11. Get rid of the laundry bag in your own closed garbage bin
    12. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
    13. Remove your mask, discard it in the closed garbage bin
    14. Wash your hands again

 

Someone should remove your clean laundry, iron them, and put them in a bag in front of the door of your room

If someone will collect your laundry, both of you should take precautions.
First, let them prepare a large, wide open bag at your door.
You should take the following steps:

    1. Put your linen and clothes for washing in an impermeable bag
    2. Do not shake dirty laundry to minimize the risk of dispersing the virus through the air
    3. Wash your hands and wear a face mask
    4. Spray the bag with the disinfectant solution
    5. Dispose the bag in another bigger bag provided at the door of your room without touching the bigger bag
    6. Spray your room door handle
    7. Wash your hands
    8. Remove your face mask
    9. Wash your hands again with alcohol-based hand rub

 

The person collecting your laundry should have their own alcohol-based hand rub and disinfectant (spray or solution) and in turn apply the following steps:

    1. Wash their hands and wear a face mask
    2. Spray the bag with disinfectant solution
    3. Proceed to the washing machine, to put the clothes in without shaking dirty laundry to minimize the risk of dispersing the virus through the air
    4. Operate the machine then wash hands
    5. Clean all machine buttons and wipe all the surfaces touched with disinfectant
    6. Wash their hands
    7. Remove the face mask
    8. Wash their hands again with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Once clean, they should remove your clean laundry, iron them, and put them in a bag in front of the door of your room

 

COVID-19 self-tracking

Monitor the following symptoms and fill them in the table below during daily screening.
This will help us keep track of your health evolution from home:

    • Fever higher than 38C (to be checked every 8 hours and/or when chills are present)
    • Chills or sweating
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath at rest or with minimal effort
    • Change in ability to eat and drink
    • Additional symptoms