- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It’s the most effective way to protect yourself. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you aren’t feeling well, stay home. This includes visiting the doctor’s office. Don’t show up unannounced at your family doctor’s office. Call first to ask if you should come in.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or use a tissue and throw it in the trash. Then, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Follow public health advice on school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures to limit spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that everyone wear a cloth mask in public, even if you don’t feel sick. This prevents you from spreading the virus. The masks should cover your mouth and nose. Even with the mask, continue to keep 6 feet between you and others.
- Stay informed on the latest developments with the COVID-19 Situation Summary from the CDC. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. Also, use the CDC’s checklist to prepare and protect your family and home.
- Get your flu shot, if you haven’t already. Flu season is still active.
Family Physicians write a “Prescription for America” to just stay home.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Steps to Prevent Illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Protect Yourself and Your Family
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This information provides a general overview and may not apply to everyone. Talk to your family doctor to find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject.