The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by getting the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are now available at no-cost to everyone 12 and older and are extremely effective at preventing illness. CLICK HERE to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Besides getting vaccinated, what are some other ways to prevent COVID-19?
Everyone should monitor their health and get tested if they start to experience symptoms or have been around someone who is sick.
The CDC also provides mask guidance, depending on the COVID-19 Community Level in your place of residence. CLICK HERE to determine the COVID-19 Community Level in your county.
- Low – Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
- Medium – Wear a mask if you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness. If you live with/have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.
- High – Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings). If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness, wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection.
*Note – masks are required on public transportation and in transportation hubs through April 18, 2022.
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What kind of mask should I wear?
As of January 2022, the CDC recommends people switch to wearing N95 or KN95 masks instead of cloth masks.
The Strategic National Stockpile has sent N95 respirators to pharmacy distribution centers throughout the country. You can pick up free masks at many of the same pharmacies and grocery stores that provide COVID-19 vaccines. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Are there any other precautions I can take?
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated places.
- 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.
SOURCES: NCDHHS and CDC
Last updated 3/11/2022