What You Can Do
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, these everyday actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Avoid non-essential gatherings of all types and sizes.
- Keep six feet from other people.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands thoroughly.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Call your healthcare provider from home if you are experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Do not go to emergency departments unless you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms.
- If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, please call 911 and inform the 911 operator if you have had any possible exposure to the new coronavirus.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.