Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Top 10 Tips From Your Family Doctor

  1. 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.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  7. Follow public health advice on school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures to limit spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  8. Save facemasks for sick patients and health care professionals. Masks are currently in short supply. If you aren’t sick, you don’t need a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick and can’t wear a mask themselves.
  9. Stay informed on the latest developments with the COVID-19 Situation Summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.
  10. 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.