COVID-19 What to Know
Know How It Spreads
- Vaccines have been developed, but it will take months to fully immunize the country’s population.
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- The virus is thought to be spread person-to-person, through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Some carriers may not show symptoms.
Wash your Hands Often
- Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- 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
Note: If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid Close Contact
- Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
Cover Nose and Mouth with Mask when Around Others
- Everyone should wear a mask in public settings, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected; you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily:
- light switches