Looking after someone who is likely to have COVID-19

Consider protection for yourself when you are providing personal care – by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable apron and gloves if possible and protect your face. 

  • Ensure the person has plenty to drink to prevent dehydration  - urine must be a pale yellow colour 
  • Dehydration can cause constipation and therefore pain and behaviour change
  • Dehydration can also make the person seem confused 
  • Use Paracetamol to manage the fever and aches and pains
  • Plenty of rest though be aware if the person is becoming excessively drowsy. 
  • USE THE OBSERVATIONS LISTED ABOVE TO CHECK THE PERSON IS NOT GETTING WORSE
  • If concerned call 999 if the person is breathless, excessively drowsy or you are worried about deterioration/getting worse, having done a check

Further guidance for home care providers