What can I do to protect myself and family from COVID-19?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 

  • Stay home. 
  • When you must go out practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from anyone else. Avoid groups. Avoid going into the public as much as possible.
  • 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.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Keep in contact with your doctor by phone and call ahead if you need medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

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1. How does COVID-19 spread?
2. What is community spread?
3. Can someone spread COVID-19 without being sick?
4. What can I do to protect myself and family from COVID-19?
5. What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
6. What should people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 do?
7. Can the virus that caused COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated of frozen food?
8. Am I at risk for COVID-19 from package or products shipped from China?
9. What is the source of the coronavirus disease 2019?
10. Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?