How can you protect yourself and those you love from this virus? Here are some steps we can all take.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you.
Wear a Mask
- Everyone two years and older should wear a mask in public.
- Masks should be worn, in addition to staying at least six feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you.
- If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions, including wearing masks, to avoid spreading it to others.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
- Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
- If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you need to find a different mask type or brand.
- Make sure you can breathe easily.
Stay Six Feet Away from Others
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain six feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Avoid Crowds and Poorly Ventilated Spaces
- Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
- As much as possible, avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors.
- If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
Wash Your Hands Often
- Wash your hands frequently 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.
- It’s especially important to wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your mask
- After changing a diaper
- After caring for someone sick
- After touching 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 touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
- Always 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.
Clean and Disinfect
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes 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. Then, use a household disinfectant.
Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath and other symptoms.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Monitor your oxygen level using a pulse oximeter. A reading of 97% or higher is considered healthy.