How To Protect Yourself And Others

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
    • Stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel.
    • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet — about two arm lengths — away from others if you must go out in public.
    • Stay connected with loved ones through video and phone calls, texts and social media.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and when you must go out in public, such as to a grocery store. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • However, do NOT place cloth face coverings on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • In addition, do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, and throw used tissues in a lined trash can. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow — not your hands. Wash your hands immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.


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