How can I protect myself?
- Clean your hands frequently.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Additional ways to protect yourself:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
How can I protect others?
These are ways that you can protect others from contracting COVID-19:
- Stay home if you’re sick. Do not leave your home except for medical care. Avoid public areas and public transportation.
- Separate yourself from others in your home. This is known as isolation.
- Call ahead if you need to see your doctor.
- Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth. Medical-grade facemasks should be reserved for health care workers.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.