Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 2: Caring for Someone Infected with COVID-19 in their Home

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Date and time:
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:00 pm CDT
1 hour 14 minutes
Handouts: PowerPoint Presentation Part 2; Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 2 RESOURCES

Overview: This presentation will examine best practices for higher level protection needs, while caring for someone who has had a close contact exposure or has tested positive to COVID-19. Use PPEs such as face shields, gowns and face masks, such as n95, surgical mask, and DIY face mask will be discussed, along with a protocol for home care when someone tests positive. Additionally, considerations for providers in any setting will be reviewed.

Presenters: Melissa L. Desroches, PhD, RN is a registered nurse and post-doctoral research fellow at Tufts University. Melissa is a developmental disabilities nursing researcher and educator and a former critical care and perioperative nurse. The mission of her program of research is to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of adults with developmental disabilities by improving developmental disability nursing care. Dr. Desroches earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Certificate in Disability and Health Policy from Suffolk University in Boston in conjunction with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association and the founding chair of its Research Council.


COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak ( at least 10 days before the webinars.
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