Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

Please follow these steps to minimize the chances of contracting or spreading COVID19:

1. Know How it Spreads

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person between people within 6-feet of each other.
  • The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even just talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

2. Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often 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.
  • Wash all areas of your hands, especially between fingers and under your finger nails. 
  • If you're unable to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol then wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • When washing, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

3. Avoid Close Contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are not members of your home.
  • Stay home as much as possible even if you are healthy.
  • Practice social-distancing which means staying a minimum of 6-feet away from people. Remember that some people without symptoms can to spread the virus if they are infected.
  • These practices are especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Children who are home because of school closures should stay home; play dates with other children who are home is strongly discouraged. 

4. Take Steps to Protect Others

  • Stay home if you are sick unless you need medical care.
  • Do not go out unnecessarily, even if you are healthy, as you may contract the virus and spread it to someone who has a greater health risk.
  • Cover your face when you leave the home with a face cloth or mask as much as possible and always in a public place where other people may come close.
  • Taking these steps to protect others also protects yourself and will bring the pandemic to an end much faster.

5. Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow if you are not wearing your face covering.
  • 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.

6. Cloth Face Covers

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a face covering when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected but also provides you with some protection from others who are infected.
  • Face masks for healthcare workers should be reserved for them.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

7. 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.