1. Get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible
COVID-19 vaccination is safe, effective and free. The vaccine benefits anyone who gets it and is especially important for people who have an increased risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions, including pregnancy.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity
This includes blowing your nose, coughing, etc. Always wash your hands before eating or cooking. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
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3. Wear a mask or cloth face covering
If you are not fully vaccinated and 2 or older, you should wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in indoor public places. A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that people in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated or in situations where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
4. Maintain social distancing. Work from home if possible, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
Keep at least six feet between yourself and others who don’t live with you. Avoid social touching, this includes shaking hands, kissing or hugging, instead try a hand wave or a smile.
5. Clean “high-touch” surfaces regularly
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks with household disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface.
6. Cover coughs and sneezes
If you are wearing a mask when coughing or sneezing put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands. If you are not wearing a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
7. Monitor your health daily