EB: Your concerns are valid, but there are many things we can do to prevent transmission. All household members should practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. Frequently cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces is also important. If you can identify a room and bathroom that only you use, that will help to reduce their exposure to you.
TT: We all know the importance of practicing good hand hygiene (soap and water are preferred and if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol or higher). For healthcare workers, wear gowns, gloves, face mask, and face shield prior to handling any human body wastes or body fluids. Because of the shortage of PPE, some reports noted healthcare providers are reusing PPE. The CDC notes face masks reuse is acceptable during a time when we are having PPE shortages.
For a family member who enters the room of the individual infected with COVID-19, you want to keep your distance as much as possible to minimize respiratory droplets from landing on your clothes, hair, etc. Change clothes if needed. You don’t want to walk around with respiratory droplets on your clothes and infect others. As we found out recently on March 18th, we had the first death among the pediatric population. There is more about COVID-19 that we still do not know.
Clean and disinfect surfaces. Make sure you allow the disinfectant to have contact time with the surface. Each disinfectant has a manufacturer’s recommended disinfectant contact time. For example, if the disinfectant product says disinfectant contact time is 2 minutes, then you should allow the surface to be visibly wet for at least 2 minutes to ensure the disinfectant is given enough time to kill the microorganism. Disinfect regularly using household cleaning wipe or spray. The EPA has a list of recommended disinfectants here.