How to Protect Yourself &​​ Others

mask, gloves and sanitizersKnow How it ​Spreads

  • There is currently no approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 meters).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash Your Hands Often and thoroughly

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 40 seconds or an alcohol based hand sanitizer for at least 20  especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash your hands:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • ​After touching animals or pets
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • If possible, maintain 2 meters between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 2 meters of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. 
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • Stay at least 2 meters (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose with M​ask When Around Others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 
    • Masks 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.
  • Continue to keep about 2 meters between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover Coughs an​d Sneezes

  • 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 for at least 40 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol for at least 20 seconds.

Clean and Disi​nfect

  • Clean AND disinfe​ct frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use deterge​nt or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household di​sinfectant. 

Monitor Your Heal​th Daily

  • Be alert fo​r symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
    • Especially important if you are running essential errands,​ going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 2 meters.


 

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Last Modified

07-Dec-2020 02:32 PM