Isolation in the Homestay. Stopping the Second Wave
Isolation in Homestay means ISOLATION.
Once a student arrives at your home for Two weeks Isolation there is no reason for them to leave until the Two-week period has been completed and they have not shown any symptoms of Covid-19.
Rules in the Home
Please ensure the following procedures are implemented for both your family and
Any student who is in your home.
1 Your student who is required to be in Isolation is not allowed to leave your home for 14
days. Please ensure that they understand this. If students ask if they can come with you
to do shopping say no and ask them what they want. Agree to buy what they ask for
and they can provide you with payment.
2 Teach your student and family members to cough into their elbow or into a tissue at all
times or teach your student and other family members to wear tee shirts so as when
they need to suddenly cough, or sneeze then can pull their tee shirt forward and cough
onto their chest.
3 All tissues should be disposed in a container near the back or front of the home for easy
and frequent disposal.
4 All hard floors to be cleaned frequently with disinfectant.
5 Teach your student and other family members to wash their hands (using alcohol-based
hand sanitisers – Methylated Spirits mixed with a Hand soap is a good option if you
cannot buy a commercial hand sanitizer) when they wake up in the morning, before
and after eating, before and after going to the toilet. Washing to be for 20 seconds and
drying with a paper towel for 10 seconds. Always use paper towels when drying your
hands because you can dispose of the paper towel. If you are using a bathroom towel to
dry your hands then the towel itself can be infected. Do not share towels or tea towels.
6 When a Host bringing bags of groceries to the home, the Host is to leave the bags at the
front door. The bags are to be disposed of and the food is to be transferred to different
containers which have not been outside of the home and/or wipe down all items
thoroughly with disinfectant wipes before storing. Covid-19 can remain on surfaces for
up to 72 hours
7 Covid-19 can potentially survive in the stomach however this is unlikely when food is
properly cooked and prepared. With good food preparation and good hand hygiene, it
is highly unlikely that you will become infected with Covid-19 through food.
8 Teach your student and other family members to wipe down their mobile phone,
headphones, lap top etc (using alcohol-based hand sanitisers) every day.
9 Teach your student and other family members to frequently wipe down all hard surfaces
with disinfectant (using alcohol-based hand sanitisers) including door handles, taps,
benches, tables, chairs, TV remote etc. Covid-19 can remain on surfaces for up to
10 Allow daily washing of clothes as necessary.
11 All member of the home to have their own separate towels and wash clothes.
12 If your home has a ducted heating/cooling system – try to avoid using this system. If
the air is infected with Covid-19 in one room, the virus can be transferred to another
room by the ducted system.
13. Teach your student and other family members to advise you immediately if they feel
unwell. If your student is unwell, contact Homestay Australia who will contact the
student's school. We will then advise you of the next procedure:
We are “all in this together” (only) if we are of the same mind and working with the same understanding.