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What to do if someone you live with contracts the coronavirus

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Posted at 6:53 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 18:53:16-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — What happens if you’re dealing with the coronavirus in your home? With an increasing amount of COVID 19 cases nationwide, there’s a greater likelihood someone you’re close to gets sick and has to stay home.

“99%, 99.5% of individuals that get infected… They're going to recover and they're going to be fine,” said Dr. Thomas Russo, the Chief of Infectious Disease at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“If you practice these measures that we discussed, there's probably better than a 50/50 chance that you will avoid getting infected,” Dr. Russo said.

Dr. Russo said you need to follow these measures to help prevent the virus from spreading:

  • Practice social distancing as best you can. The sick person should isolate themselves to one room. Sleep in separate rooms. If possible, no one should share bathroom with them.
  • Everyone should wear masks, especially the person who is sick. That helps prevent the spread of COVID 19 through coughing and sneezing.
  • Clean highly trafficked surfaces like tables, door knobs or the TV remote, for example. The coronavirus can live on those surfaces for hours.

Those who live with the sick individual should also quarantine for 14 days because they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus.