While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, there are several precautions you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person. When in close contact (within 6 feet), respiratory droplets produced through coughing, sneezing, or speech can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby.
What is the best way to prevent COVID-19?
Avoid being exposed. Stay home at much as possible and avoid close contact with sick household members. If you must go out, stay 6 feet away from people outside of your household and cover your mouth and nose with a face covering. It is also recommended that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What kind of mask should I wear?
A cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth is recommended by the CDC. Unless you are a healthcare worker, you should not use surgical masks or N95 respirators.
Are there any other precautions I can take?
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Monitor your health by watching for symptoms and taking your temperature
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing
- Use hand sanitizer when you are not able to wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.