Home Quarantine: To Do List - CARiNG Pharmacy

Home Quarantine: To Do List

General Advice

  1. Stay at home. Make sure you have access to a telephone.
  2. Stay in a separate and well ventilated room.
  3. Ensure well ventilation by leaving the windows open.
  4. Report your health condition to the health care worker when contacted.
  5. If condition worsens, call 999 or go to the nearest hospital with your own vehicle (Do not use public transport).
  6. Avoid interacting with other individuals in your house. Practice proper social distancing in unavoidable interactions (Properly masked, limit duration to less than 15 minutes and >1 meter distancing).
  7. Maintain proper hygiene by washing your hands frequently with soap and water.
  8. Practice good coughing etiquette. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing.
  9. Do not share eating utensils or personal care products.
  10. Gloves, masks and other waste should be placed into a waste bin with a lid in the patient’s room before being disposed of as infectious waste .


  1. Dirty laundry should be placed in a plastic bag until it is washed.
  2. Dirty laundry of the person under quarantine must not be mixed with other people’s clothes and linen. 
  3. Wear a mask and disposable gloves while handling the dirty laundry .
  4. Wear a plastic apron if the dirty laundry involves body fluid such as urine.
  5. Do not shake soiled laundry and avoid contaminated materials coming into contact with skin and clothes.
  6. If your washing machine is capable of adjusting water temperature, washing clothes and linen at 60-90oC is preferable. If you are hand washing your clothes and linen, you may leave them in warm water before washing. 
  7. Remove your gloves, wash your hands with soap and water once you are done. 
  8. Dry the clothes and linen under sunlight or use an electric dryer to dry them. 
  9. Wash your hands after hanging your clothes and linens.

Handling Trash

  1. Use a dedicated, lined trash can for the person who is sick.
  2. Use gloves when removing garbage bags and handling and disposing of trash.
  3. Put the garbage bag into another garbage bag (double layer) before disposing. Make sure the bags are properly tied.
  4. Wash hands after disposing of the trash.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  1. Clean and disinfect bathroom and toilet surfaces at least once daily. If the bathroom is shared with other individuals in the house, clean the doorknob, tap handle and other touched surfaces after every use. 
  2. Regular household soap or detergent should be used first for cleaning, and then, after rinsing, regular household disinfectant containing 0.5% sodium hypochlorite should be applied.
  3. Wash your hands before and after disinfection.
  4. A caregiver should wear a face shield, mask, plastic apron, disposable gloves and boots while performing disinfection.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

  1. Trouble breathing
  2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  3. New confusion
  4. Inability to wake or stay awake
  5. Pale, grey or blue colored skin, lips or nail beds

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Do contact your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.


  1. Guidelines on home monitoring and clinical protocol at primary care for category 1 and category 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases [Internet]. Covid-19.moh.gov.my. 2021 [cited 10 June 2021]. Available from: http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/garis-panduan/garis-panduan-kkm/Annex_2m_Guidelines_on_Home_Monitoring_and_Clinical_Protocol_at_Primary_Care_for_Category_1_and_2_Mild_Confirmed_COVID-19_Cases.pdf
  2. COVID-19 and Your Health [Internet]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021 [cited 10 June 2021]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html
  3. Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection presenting with mild symptoms, and management of their contacts [Internet]. Apps.who.int. 2021 [cited 10 June 2021]. Available from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331133/WHO-nCov-IPC-HomeCare-2020.2-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y