Follow these steps to help to keep yourself, your family and community safe.
Wear A Mask
Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19. Make sure your face-mask covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly on your face.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contacts
Avoid crowded areas and practice Social Distancing. Maintain a safe space (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people who are a part of your household.The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you will be exposed to COVID-19. Avoid indoor gatherings; it is more challenging to maintain a safe space indoors.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean and then disinfect high touched surfaces regularly, such as counter and tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, light switches, phones, keyboards, etc. Always read and follow the directions on the label of cleaning supplies to ensure safe and effective use.
If You Are Sick Or Suspect That You Are Infected With COVID-19
Follow the steps below to help prevent the spread of the disease within your home and community.
Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Take Care of Yourself
Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
Cover Your Sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
Call Before Visiting the Doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Monitor Your Symptoms
Some symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Keep track of your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if you experience any emergency warning signs such as (e.g. trouble breathing). Call 911 or your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. Stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. Wear a mask If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside the home.
Avoid Sharing Personal Items
Avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your household. Wash used items thoroughly with soap and water.
Advice for Caregivers
If you care for someone with COVID-19 at home, you should provide support and help cover basic needs. Help the person who is sick follow the doctor’s instructions for care and medicine. Protect yourself when caring for someone that is sick and limit contact as much as possible.