Basic Protective Measures
Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Cover your Coughs and Sneezes
Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Dispose: 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.
Clean your Hands Often
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.
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.
Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover: You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
Reason: The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Practice Social Distancing
Avoid: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Some people without symptoms may still be able to spread the virus.
Stay at home: Stay at home as much as possible and avoid crowded places.
Distance: Put distance between yourself and other people (6 feet). Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.