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ABOUT 1 in 5 u.s. residents live in a multigenerational home.

People who live in multi-generational households may find it difficult to take precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19 or isolate those who are sick, especially if space in the household is limited and many people live in the same home. 

View the guidance below from the CDC regarding large or extended families living in the same households:


How to reduce the risk of COVID-19 while living in a multigenerational home (Via CDC):

  • Don’t ride in a vehicle with members of different households. If that’s not possible:
  • Avoid riding with or providing transportation for multiple passengers, whenever possible. Limit close contact and create as much space as possible between passengers in the vehicle.
  • Open the windows or use the vehicle’s vents to bring in fresh outside air.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, handrails, seatbelt buckles) with EPA-approved disinfectants external icon after each trip

If people at higher risk must care for the children in their household, the children in their care should not have contact with people outside the household. Members of the household who are at higher risk should also avoid caring for people of any age who are sick.

Keep people at higher risk separated from anyone who is sick, when possible. If you need to share a room with someone who is sick:

  • Open a window, if possible.
  • Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk to household members (e.g., risk of falling or triggering asthma symptoms).
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between beds, if possible. If this isn’t possible, sleep head to toe.
  • Put a curtain around or place another physical divider (e.g., shower curtain, large cardboard poster board, quilt, or large bedspread) to separate the sick person’s bed.