3. Wear a mask or cloth face covering
If you are not fully vaccinated and 2 or older, you should wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in indoor public places. A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that people in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated or in situations where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
4. Maintain social distancing. Work from home if possible, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
Keep at least six feet between yourself and others who don’t live with you. Avoid social touching, this includes shaking hands, kissing or hugging, instead try a hand wave or a smile.
5. Clean "high-touch" surfaces regularly
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks with household disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface.
6. Cover coughs and sneezes
If you are wearing a mask when coughing or sneezing put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands. If you are not wearing a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
7. Monitor your health daily
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Learn more about when to seek care and options for speaking with a caregiver. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care.
8. Follow safety guidelines when traveling
Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. Check for travel restrictions at your destination. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth at the airport and on the airplane. Do not travel if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, are sick or if you test positive for COVID-19.
9. Prepare for your needs in case you’ll need to stay home for an extended period
Make sure you have enough groceries, household items and medications (including over-the-counter medicines) on hand, and that you know how to order more either online or by making a phone call.
10. Have a plan if you get sick
Talk to friends and family about who can help you if you get sick. Have a list of current medications available. Plan who could cook and deliver meals, run errands and even take care of you.
Extra precautions for high-risk patients
Individuals who are at a higher risk of getting COVID-19 are recommended to take extra precautions to stay safe. This includes individuals who:
- Are over the age of 60
- Have heart disease
- Have diabetes
- Have lung disease, including asthma
- Are taking immune suppression drugs
Make sure you have a plan if you get sick. Talk to your friends and family or you can sign-up for a mobile or online meal delivery service.
Lastly, another way you can help reduce the spread is by educating others. Share this article with your family and friends so they can also help prevent the people they love from getting sick.