The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a range of actions that you can take to protect yourself. The best way to prevent sickness is to avoid being exposed to this disease.
The virus is thought to increase mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take actions to protect yourself:
- Stay at home — except to get the essentials like food and medicine.
- If you have to go out, keep your distance — stay at least six feet away from others — and wear a mask to cover your face. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a commonplace 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% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them collectively until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are 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 when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Visit the CDC site here to learn more on how to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
It’s essential to remember that older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at greater risk for developing more severe complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.