How to live with a person infected with COVID-19?

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We know that there is a lot of misinformation about how to proceed if one of the members of our household tests positive for the Covid-19 virus. A few weeks ago, the case of Elena Cañizales, a nursing student whom her colleagues of the floor they demanded that he vacate the home because he had been infected with the virus. For this reason, today we bring you in a simple and practical way the steps that must be followed if one of your roommates tests positive for Covid-19.

Step 1: Diagnosis, how do you know if any of the people living on the floor have the virus?

Knowing how to detect symptoms that indicate a possible contagion is important both for our health and that of our roommates. According to the Spanish Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of people with COVID-19 can change between people with mild symptoms and those who become seriously ill. These symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

The symptoms would be:

Fever or chills


Difficulty breathing


Muscle and body aches


Recent loss of smell or taste

Throat pain

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


It is extremely important that if the person notices these symptoms, they perform a test that diagnoses the presence of the Covid-19 virus, be it a PCR test or an antigen test. In the blog we have already talked about the different tests to detect the virus and what each one detects, you can read it in this link


Similarly, if one of your roommates presents any of these symptoms, it is necessary to seek immediate emergency medical attention. Also if you want to know the difference between seasonal flu and Covid-19 you can read the following article

Step 2: You already have the corresponding diagnosis, what measures to take now?


The health recommendations to consider according to the Ministry of Health of Spain to know what to do when you live with a person positive for covid-19 are the following:

The contaminated person must isolate themselves in their room and maintain a distance of 2 meters with the rest of the cohabitants.

Ventilate closed spaces, especially the room of the infected person, and keep the door of the infected person closed. If the person needs to use the common areas of the house, they must wear a mask and wash their hands before and after leaving their room.

It is preferable for the infected person to have their own bathroom, but if this is not possible, try to keep the bathrooms clean with bleach after each use of the isolated person, and protect yourself with gloves and a mask when cleaning.

Change the garbage bag where cleaning residues or objects that were in contact with the infected person will be left, only use it for covid-19 residues.

That the infected person communicates by telephone or a communication system with family members or flatmates, without having to leave their room.

The containers that contain the waste of the infected person must be located in a designated place where they remain closed until they are removed. When they come into contact with these containers, wear gloves and a mask.

It is recommended that only one person enter the infected room.

Avoid contact with the infected person, especially with their bodily fluids such as oral, respiratory secretions and feces. Avoid sharing personal items.

Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based preparations after any contact with an infected person.

Perform home quarantine.

Clean frequently touched surfaces, especially those that come into contact with the patient, disinfect the bathroom daily with bleach.

Wash bedding, towels, etc. of the sick person with usual soaps or detergents at 60-90 C and dry completely. These clothes should be placed in a bag with hermetic closure until it is time to wash them, it is important to know that they should not be shaken before putting them to wash.

Kitchen utensils wash in hot soapy water or preferably in the dishwasher.

The person in charge of cleaning must protect themselves with a mask and gloves, when the cleaning is finished they must wash their hands.


Follow these suggestions to avoid contagion and to reduce possible routes of infection in your home.

In these times it is important to remember that the Covid-19 virus, being such a recent phenomenon, is still under scientific study, the recommendations vary daily according to the new findings made.

Let’s remember that the most important thing is to remain empathetic and calm in the face of this situation and always listen to the health authorities about it.

We want to remind our readers that at medmesafe we place at your disposal a network of certified laboratories to carry out your PCR Test (throughout Spain), PCR Test at home, Rapid Antibody Test and Rapid Antigen Test by contacting us through the following form .