5. Not quarantining
When someone in the house already has a cold, we often forget part of the job is containing the virus. “Hand washing is important. So is isolating their towel and washcloth and not sharing cutlery or glasses,” says Dr. Borins. It’s a drag, particularly on top of caregiving, but there needs to be extra washing of linens, surfaces and hands. Keeping a sick person home from work or school goes without saying; in fact, at the very first signs of illness, a patient-to-be should head home.