Following simple steps can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on our communities.
Stay at home if you start to feel ill
Unless you are going out to seek medical attention, stay at home if you are feeling sick especially if you have symptoms of fever or cough.
If You Become Sick:
Avoid close contact with people (physical distancing)
Try to keep your distance from other people (at least 6ft or 2 arms lengths)
This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick and experiencing severe disease.
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, then make sure to use soap and running water since sanitizing products will not remove the dirt.
Watch this video to learn more about how washing your hands can prevent disease.
Clean and disinfect
Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
Everyone can pitch in by practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners. Use EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface and follow the label instructions.
Avoid touching your face
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. In addition, everyone should wear a face mask when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Wear a face mask in public
Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others. The face mask is not a substitute for physical distancing. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Get the flu shot
People with seasonal influenza will exhibit similar signs and symptoms as COVID-19 (fever and cough). If more people are protected against influenza, this will reduce confusion and the burden on our healthcare system.
Use curbside pick up or delivery
Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores as necessary.