Follow these simple precautions to reduce your chances of contracting the new coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19.
Use Healthy Practices to Protect Yourself
- The best way to stay healthy is to follow these steps from the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others if you must go out in public.
- Wear a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when around others and when you must go out in public. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Don’t place one on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Learn more.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops. Read full CDC information.
Follow these five easy steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Sneeze or cough? Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or use your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces around your home and work frequently.
- Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others if you must be in public.
- Wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose when around others.