We all have a role to play in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Follow these guidelines to help protect yourself and others.
- Wash Your Hands Often.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with Unwashed Hands.
- Avoid Close Contact.
- Avoid close contact with people, especially people who are sick. Maintain 6 feet between people, even in your household if they are sick, but maintain 6 feet distance or approximately 2 arms lengths from other people.
- Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should NOT be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Machine wash and line dry all cloth face coverings after each outing.
- Cover Coughs and Sneezes.
- When not wearing your face covering remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and Disinfect.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas daily. This includes table, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection followed by a household disinfectant.
- Monitor Your Health.
- Be alert for symptoms, especially fever, cough, shortness of breath (see complete list here). This is especially important if you are running essential errands, going into offices or going into settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet, such as church. Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like Tylenol/acetaminophen.
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