To counteract and prevent the spread of Covid-19, the HSE has issued a series of updated infection prevention guidelines for everyone and particularly those working in healthcare-related areas such as homecare.
General updated guidelines for infection prevention
All people should now stay at home if they have a fever or cough regardless of whether they have recently travelled to an affected area or have interacted with an individual with Covid-19.
It is imperative to limit and reduce social interactions and to keep a distance of 2m (6 feet) between you and other people.
Close contact is to be avoided where possible.
Guidelines for healthcare workers
For carers, a series of recommendations have been made to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
All carers should strictly adhere to the WHO Five Movements of Hand Hygiene approach. This involves washing your hands:
- before touching a client,
- before clean/aseptic procedures,
- after body fluid exposure/risk,
- after touching a client, and
- after touching client surroundings
It is highly important to wear your PPE. Wash your hands before putting on PPE and immediately after taking off. When taking off gloves, try to avoid touching the outside of your gloves with your hands.
If you find out or suspect that a client, or someone in a client’s home, may have Covid-19, contact Comfort Keepers for further guidance.