The Covid Delta Variant: How To Keep Your Family Safe

The Covid Delta Variant: How To Keep Your Family Safe

My Entire Family has COVID

As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to gain steam and infections surge around the country, those familiar feelings and concerns from the past year are returning. The chief concern we are hearing about from our customers, friends and family surrounds the Delta variant and whether parents and children should isolate away from each other. The Pros at COIT have always been committed to helping our community and business partners maintain clean healthy environments, so we’ve done the digging for you to answer this important question.

The Delta Variant & Children

Children across the country have been heading back to school. Naturally many parents are concerned with how to keep their children safe, but also how to quarantine and care for them should they be infected with the coronavirus. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is 2x more contagious than previous iterations according to the CDC and thus is spreading more rapidly through unvaccinated people. Given that children below the ages of 12 are still unable to be vaccinated this presents a particular challenge and concern for parents and grandparents.

My child and I both tested positive for COVID-19

Our daily interactions with the world have continued to grow as we’ve returned to school and work; because of this the question of what to do and how to quarantine should your entire family be infected with the Delta variant is more prevalent than ever. The CDC states that quarantining if you've had exposure to COVID-19—and isolating yourself if you've tested positive—can limit spread within the community. So here are some additional tips that we have learned along the way.

  1. If you have been tested for COVID-19 and it was positive, you should isolate yourself for 10 days after symptoms first appear, if your symptoms persist, consider isolating longer and consult a medical professional. Asymptomatic patients can generally end isolation 10 days.
  2. It is okay to quarantine with your family who have also received a positive test result including your children and your symptoms are minimal and/or you are asymptomatic.
  3. If you have more severe symptoms and your children are asymptomatic, it is recommended that you isolate away from those without symptoms. You do not want to transfer a stronger viral load to others within your home/bubble.
  4. If only some members of the family are positive, recommends the following:
    1. Quarantine if a household member has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19.
    2. Wear a mask if you need to be in the room with the person who is in isolation or quarantine.
    3. Make sure shared spaces in the home have good air flow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
    4. Wash your hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    5. Do not have any visitors into the home.
    6. Disinfect high-touch surfaces on a daily basis using EPA approved disinfecting products.

The goal of quarantine and isolation is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to other members of your family and community, so it is important to know everyone’s status, monitor symptoms, continuously clean and disinfect your environment, stock up on non-perishable foods, and break out the board games and movies to ensure for a smooth quarantine.

Finally, when quarantine is over and everyone in your home are feeling better, call the Pros at COIT to give your home or business a deep clean. Our certified, background checked technicians have been specially trained to deep clean, sanitize and disinfect just about every surface in your home or business. From air ducts to carpets, the COIT Pros are here to get your environment clean and healthy.

To learn more or schedule an appointment call a COIT professional today!