How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Slow the spread of germs and respiratory diseases like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often
    • Use soap when available or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
    • Do not gather in groups
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others (health conditions permitting)
    • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
    • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker
    • Masks are NOT a substitute for social distancing
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Throw used tissues in the trash
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
    • Use a household disinfectant or soap
  • Monitor Your Health
    • Be alert for symptoms: watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop

Quick Tips for Social Distancing

Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Follow guidance from authorities where you live
  • Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Use mail-order for medications, if possible
  • Consider a grocery delivery service
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store
  • Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering
  • Limit using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis, if possible
  • Stay connected while staying away– call, video chat, or use social media to stay in touch with loved ones


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