Sick household member? Here’s how to avoid catching their illness


Sick household member? Here’s how to avoid catching their illness
If someone in your household is sick, you’re probably wondering how long you have until you come down with the illness yourself.

But it’s not inevitable. Covid taught us valuable lessons in how to ‘stop the spread’ of illnesses. Follow these precautions to give yourself the best chance of not getting sick too.

Wash hands frequently

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces or the sick person. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your face

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as these are common entry points for viruses.

Stay separate 

Maintain a safe distance from the sick person as much as possible –  at least two metres. If possible, have the sick person stay in a separate room and use a different bathroom. If this isn’t possible, clean and disinfect shared spaces frequently.

Use personal protective equipment

Stock up with masks and gloves for when you have to come in close contact with the sick person or clean their area.

Disinfect surfaces

Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops and bathroom fixtures.


Ensure good air circulation by opening windows or using air purifiers with HEPA filters.

Help the sick person to heal

Follow the advice of healthcare providers for the care and treatment of the sick person. Ensure they get plenty of rest and fluids. The sooner they are better, the less likely you are to catch their illness.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Boost your immune system by eating nutritious foods, staying hydrated, getting adequate sleep and exercising regularly.

Reduce stress

Practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga or hobbies you enjoy.


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