• 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 percent
alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and
rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Put at least SIX FEET between yourself and
other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your
community. This is especially important for people
who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
• Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical
care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the
inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
• Throw used tissues in the trash.
• If you’re sick, you should wear a facemask when
you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room
or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare
provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a
facemask (for example, because it causes trouble
breathing), then you should do your best to cover
your coughs and sneezes, and people who are
caring for you should wear a facemask if they
enter your room.
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces
daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light
switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones,
keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
• If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent
or soap and water prior to disinfection.
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