Preventing COVID-19

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.