Coronavirus: What to do if a family member comes from a …


What are the preventive measures to take when receiving a family member or friend from affected areas? Specialists recommend avoiding kisses and hugs, opening windows if traveling with them in the same vehicle, not sharing objects. Also, that the newcomer sleep alone in a well-ventilated room and that those who live with him maintain a distance of two meters, among other things.

Pedro Cahn, director of the Guest Foundation, asks Page 12 that when receiving the acquaintance at the airport “You have to avoid kissing, hugging and when traveling in transport you have to open the windows”. Once they arrive at the house, where the newcomer must meet a 14-day quarantine, their relatives can adopt different general recommendations, which must be adapted to the conditions of possibility of each home.

In this sense, Cahn clarifies: “Some are difficult to apply in a studio setting where 5 or 6 people coexist. What happens is that, in general, those who have traveled to Europe or the United States do not usually live in a studio, but are people of the middle or upper middle class, who tend to have more comforts. ”

Ideally, the newcomer should sleep in a separate, well-ventilated room, wash your hands frequently and do not share any type of object with the rest of the family. The cohabitants, for their part, should avoid contact with the person and clean the surfaces, but it is not necessary that they also carry out the quarantine, unless the isolate shows symptoms. “If it’s a couple, you have to keep them from sleeping in the same bed,” adds Cahn.

Ricardo Teijeiro, infectious medicine doctor at the Pirovano Hospital, proposed in AM750 that in the event that there is no possibility that the newcomer is in another room, try to ensure that none of the cohabitants comes closer than two meters. However, he clarified that the most important thing is “to protect people from risk, including the elderly. From the age of 70 they have a significant risk ”.

In addition, the expert maintains that also all those with previous illnesses must be cared for, whether “chronic, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal”. And to “diabetics, smokers or hypertensive”.

In relation to the use of chinstrap, Tejeira explains that only indicated for infected patients and also for those who must assist him, in order to protect himself. However, for the rest of the people the specialist assures: “Its use does not make any sense, least of all at this time that the virus is not circulating. Besides, when you have your chinstrap on for several hours, it usually generates discomfort and it is very likely that you tend to adjust it. So all he is going to do is contaminate his hand with all the secretion that the chinstrap has. ”

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, and sore throat, although in some cases it can lead to more severe respiratory distress and pneumonia. In case of suspected contagion, you can call 107 if you reside in the City of Buenos Aires and 148 in the Province of Buenos Aires. With respect to the rest of the jurisdictions, each one has its own mechanisms to request medical help, the evaluation of the case and possible swapping to detect the presence of the virus.


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