Precautions to Take
Precautions for everyone to take
- Wash your hands throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (goal of approximately 5 hand washes throughout the day in addition to normal handwashing). If soap and water is not available, then use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; this can reduce the likelihood of acquiring a respiratory illness by 16-21%.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, cabinet handles) with regular household detergent and water, or surface sanitizing wipes.
- Stay home when you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) if you do not require hospitalization.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay away from others who are sick.
- Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
- Stay home from work, school, public areas and gatherings of people if you are sick.
- The CDC now recommends the general public use cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Masks should not be placed on children under 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. More information about CDC recommendations can be found on their website here. Also, click here to view the do's and don'ts for face covering.