A Family Member in my House has Co-VID - What Should I Do?

As infection rates continue to rise across the United States, it is more and more likely that you or a member of your household will contract the coronavirus. Hopefully this is a scenario which does not come to pass, but should it occur you need to be prepared to handle your loved one’s illness while keeping yourself and the rest of your household safe from infection themselves. How can you coexist with a Co-VID positive loved one while minimizing your risk of infection and maintaining your mental and emotional health?

Your first priority should be to monitor your loved one’s condition, as Co-VID-19 often requires hospitalization in order for a patient to be stabilized as the illness diminishes the function of their respiratory system. Isolate the infected person to a bedroom which can be exclusively theirs, and insist all parties wear a mask any time there is interaction between the Co-VID positive individual and those helping care for them. Use sanitizing spray on frequently touched surfaces throughout the house regularly, and set aside a set of dishes and cutlery to be used by the infected individual for the duration of their illness.

Living with and caring for a sick loved one can be stressful and draining, especially given the additional quarantine measures recommended for this particular virus. Your own health is just as important as that of your loved one, so you need to take steps to ensure you are not overtaxed mentally and physically as you take on the responsibility of caring for the sick family member in your home. This is a situation where a network of sober supports is crucial, as you can lean on them for mental and emotional support. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it, your sober friends are in your life because they care about you want want to contribute positively to your life. You would help them if they needed an errand handled or groceries delivered, so there is no reason to feel guilty asking for assistance rather than overextending yourself and putting your sobriety in jeopardy.

While we hope Co-VID does not reach your family and loved ones, statistically speaking the possibility grows with every passing day. Should a member of your household come up positive for this highly contagious virus, you need to take steps to protect yourself and the rest of your house from infection. Caring for your sick loved one is, of course, a priority for you, but your mental and physical health should not be sacrificed for the sake of another. You are no good to anyone in your life if you are run-down, overburdened, and overwhelmed, so reach out to your sober support network and ask for the help you need to make it through this difficult situation. They will thank you for the opportunity to do service for someone they care for, and you will feel an immense amount of relief and gratitude as you share your burdens with others so you can maintain your own health and well-being!


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