Take Steps to Protect Yourself When COVID-19 Outbreaks

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, because the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.     

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, we suggest you:

  • Stay at home.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. 

  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people, which can protect yourselves and others. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

  • Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

  • When you hang out, please avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Keep a distance between yourself and other people.