Page update at 9:52 September 10th 2020

How to protect yourself from the Coronavirus

From the CDC:

Know How it Spreads

  • Right now, officials think the virus is spread mainly through person-to-person contact:
    • Between people who are in close contact of each other (about 6 feet).
    • Community-acquired spread where the source of the infection is unknown.
    • Through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby, or be inhaled into the lungs.
    • May be spread by contact with people who are not showing symptoms.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not 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 — wiping off your hands before the sanitizer is dry reduces its effectiveness.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Put responsible distance between yourself and other people. The recommended space, at this time, is at least six feet. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Self-isolation: what is it, and why is it important?

Self-isolation is crucial in preventing the spread of coronavirus to others. Find out more about what it really means, how to self-isolate, and helpful tips on how to cope when you’re stuck indoors.

How to self-isolate

Should I wear a facemask?

The CDC now recommends that even people without symptoms should wear cloth face coverings in public places. This is important if you must go to grocery stores, pharmacies or other public places where it is difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. See the latest CDC recommendations on cloth face coverings.

If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and if you need to go out to see a healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick.