Coronavirus (COVID-19): Take steps to protect yourself
1. Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at
least 20 seconds
you have been in a public place
blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
using the restroom
eating or preparing food
contact with animals or pets
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 touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.
2. Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and otherpeople if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk for getting very sick.
People who are at higher risk are: Older adults, people with serious medical conditions (Heart disease, Diabetes, Lung disease)
3. Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care.
If you are sick:
Do not go to public places: work, school, public areas
Do not use public transportation, ride sharing or taxis.
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.
Wear a facemask
If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when
you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before
you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are not able to wear a
facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you
should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are
caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a
facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not
able to wear a facemask).
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently
tables, doorknobs, light switches,
countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water
prior to disinfection.