Cocooning is a measure to protect those over the age of 70 or those with underlying medical conditions that are vulnerable to Covid-19.
The measure involves minimizing interaction between themselves and others to protect themselves from coronavirus.
The HSE strongly advises people over 70 years of age and those with serious underlying medical conditions to rigorously follow cocooning measures in order to keep themselves safe.
The main cocooning measures are:
- Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
- Do not leave your house;
- Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services;
- Do not go out for shopping and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact;
- Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;
- Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services;
- Ensure you keep phones/devices charged and have credit on your phone so that you can stay connected.
Visits from people who provide essential support can continue, but carers must stay away if they have any symptoms of Covid-19. The HSE stated that you should have an alternative person or list of people who can help you with your care if your main carer becomes unwell.
If you have someone else living with you, they are not required to adopt these protective cocooning measures for themselves, according to the HSE.
They should do what they can to support you in cocooning and they should stringently follow guidance on physical distancing, reducing their contact outside the home.
Food and medicines
For those worrying about their supplies of food and medication, the Health Service Executive said: “In the first instance, family, friends and neighbours can support you once you adhere to cocooning guidelines and they adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Where possible use online services to do so.”
“If these options are not available to you, the Government is putting in place assistance through the local authorities, working with the voluntary sector services, to ensure you can have access to food, essential household supplies and medicines. Each local authority will publish contact details in the coming days.”
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