5 Things We Need To Do If Our Maids Have COVID-19

When our maids or kasambahay get COVID-19, this is what we need to do.

When our maids or kasambahay get COVID-19, it’s immediately Code: Red! They’re usually the ones all over the house, cleaning our rooms, the bathrooms, washing our dishes, doing the laundry, and many other things. But sadly, they’re catching COVID-19’s usually because they have a harder time getting vaccinations. Even though the LGU’s streamlined the process, some of our household help or maids can’t access vaccines due to the registration being mostly online. So if they do get COVID-19, here’s what you can do.

1. If you see COVID-19 symptoms, have our maids tested

Now’s a good time to use those COVID-19 testing kits we’ve bought. Some of the symptoms may look like your typical cough or cold so it’s good to have it checked right away. Nowadays, tests are self-administering but if our maids register negative but still have COVID-19 symptoms, best to get the RT-PCR. Although it’s more expensive, it’s better to make sure instead of wondering if they have it or not.

2. If you can’t afford to relieve them of their duties, equip them with PPEs, double layered mask, and surgical gloves.

PPE’s, surgical gloves, double-layered masks — they need to be equipped with everything! Since they’re handling a lot of our things, they might end up infecting them with COVID-19. And what if we have a new baby at home who isn’t vaccinated with COVID-19? That’s every new mother’s nightmare! The PPE’s, double-layered masks, and surgical gloves can minimize their contact, lowering our maids’ chances of spreading COVID-19.

3. Anything they touch and anywhere they pass must be disinfected!

If you’re planning to isolate your maids away from the house, make sure that everywhere they pass and everything they touched is completely disinfected. We may look a little crazy shooting up the whole house with our Nano Spray Guns filled with Alcohol, Lysol, or whatever disinfectant but it’s for our family’s safety. The last thing we need is our whole house getting hit by COVID-19 because our maids had it or we were too lazy to disinfect.

4. Book them in a quarantine hotel

A lot of hotels and motels now make money by serving as quarantine areas. QC has a lot of hotels that turned into Quarantine Areas so it’s not hard to find a place for them. What might be hard is bringing them there since getting them into a taxi means they might infect the driver and his passengers. Choose a quarantine hotel that’s nearby home and within walking distance to minimize our maids’ and other people’s exposure to COVID-19.

5. Try to secure a COVID-19 prescription for our maids.

Some doctors, like those from Bayanihan E-Konsulta, do consultations especially for those who test positive for COVID-19. After the consultation, it’ll be easier for you to procure medicines like Molnupiravir and Bexovid so that they can return to work. It’ll help their quarantine pass along faster and give you a chance to also check with your LGU’s if they’re offering free COVID-19 testing. We know RT-PCR’s are expensive but we’re not letting our maids return to work until we’re sure they’re COVID-19-free!

Once our maids get over COVID-19, register them for vaccination or booster!

We know some of our maids and kasambahay are hesitant about being vaccinated because someone must’ve scared them. But as their employers, we need to set the rules down. We need to explain to them that our need to vaccinate them allows them to continue working with us, consequently, allowing them to keep a steady stream of income for their families. Besides, a lot of us don’t want to introduce a new maid to the house especially with COVID-19 swarming about.

Looking for more ways on COVID-19 management? Here are other ways!

How To Care For Your Kids if They Have COVID-19
How to Care for COVID-19 Patient At Home
5 Things To Do After Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

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