Why a Communicable Disease Prevention Policy is Important
Recovery housing should have a family-like environment where residents interact with one another like any other family, including sharing bathrooms, preparing and sharing meals, or even sharing a bedroom. Additionally, individuals living in housing will experience things that every individual will in their home, including minor injuries, getting sick, and exposure to bodily fluids. Consequently, incorporating support for physical health is important, including common-sense steps to help to prevent the spread of any communicable disease.
Also, recovery homes should be committed to being good neighbors including taking reasonable steps to stop the spread of highly infectious diseases within the community, such as seasonal influenza, COVID, and even the common cold.
Additionally, according to the CDC, persons with substance use disorders are closely associated with HIV and Hepatis C exposure.
Watch this video on controlling infectious diseases.
(LEARN MORE about controlling infectious diseases from Let’s Learn Public Health (05:20) https://youtu.be/2JWku3Kjpq0?si=cQAazVSzUdG2iXL2)
(LEARN MORE about HIV and Substance Use from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/hiv-transmission/substance-use.html )
(LEARN MORE about Hepatitis C & injection Drug Use from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/pdfs/factsheet-pwid.pdf )