COVID-19 How to Protect Yourself

Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.

Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. This link will take you to a CDC video demonstrating how to properly wash your hands. CDC Handwashing Video

Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty. Also, clean other surfaces that are dirty with soap and water before disinfecting.

Cleaning and disinfecting: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, remote controls, phones, cell phones, tablets, computer keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If your hands are contaminated, touching your eyes, nose, and mouth can deposit the virus on those parts of your body.

Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people that are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important if you are in one of the higher risk groups, such as over 65, have a compromised immune system or chronic medical conditions. The CDC says 6 feet is the right social distance.

Stay home: Home is the best place to be to avoid contracting COVID-19. Check with visitors and family members coming into your home. Ask them if they are having any symptoms or have been around someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Facemask: If you are sick, wear a facemask when around other people and before entering the doctor’s office or other medical provider’s facility. Call in advance and let them know what your symptoms are or if you have COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are suspected of having COVID-19. If you are not able to wear a mask, ask the medical provider about alternatives.

Source: CDCs Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).