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April 12, 2020


A couple of good friends of mine both talked to me recently about the importance of family plans in case anyone gets COVID-19. Once you think about it for a few minutes, you then realize just how right they are. 

If and when someone in your immediate family gets COVID, its best to have a plan on how the family is going to handle it. Let’s go through a few scenarios. 

Is it someone who you are quarantining with? Should the person go live somewhere else or somewhere in the house? 

Until I read this article. I would have said its best if that COVID (+) person should go live somewhere else, a second home, hotel etc. But now, I think keeping them in a place that is super easy to check in on them is likely more prudent. Ideally, the person would have their own room and bathroom (and kitchen). 

If they do not have the ability to have their own bathroom, then you would need to clean the bathroom after each COVID use and clean before every nonCovid use. If they don’t have their own room, then everyone should wear a mask all the time, unfortunately.  

If they are in their own room, then they should wear a mask when they go to the clean part of the house. They can be maskless in their “contaminated” area. If a nonCovid person goes into the contaminated part, they need to wear a mask and eye protection and “doff” their mask and eye protection correctly and “decontaminate” their hands and whatever they take out of that room immediately upon exiting. Ideally, food would be brought to them, or at least they would not need to go into the kitchen to prepare anything, as then the kitchen would need to be decontaminated after each use. 

Is it not someone who you are quarantining with? Does that person need or have someone that will assist them?

If it is a family member that you are not isolating with, you will need to determine if they have someone helping them get through the illness. If they have a competent assistant, then you have the answer and nothing needs to be done. 

If they don’t have anyone there to help, there are really only three outcomes you will need to decide on:

  • Can the COVID (+) ride out the illness alone?

  • Will someone need to go live with the COVID (+) person to help them get through the illness? 

  • Will the COVID (+) person need to go to another place so they can get help?

To me, the answer will be related to their age, co-morbid conditions, the condition and size of their house or the house they could go to. And, if it is being decided to move the COVID (+) person to another house, what people are living in that house and are those people high risk or not.  

For instance, moving the frail 90 yr old grandmother that lives alone to the 65 yr old daughter that had co-morbid conditions may not make as much sense as moving her to the 35 yr old healthy grandson that is living alone. 

These answers need to be agreed on by your immediate family and this ideally needs to be done before anyone gets ill when there are way fewer emotions. 

Also, I thought I would provide you with this image to help you. One, it reminds you that COVID is not Influenza and it will help you understand everyone mortality if they get this illness:


Flu vs COVID-19 death rate in the US chart


Here is the article I copied the image from. 

Say emotionally connected and physically distant,