How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19


Jayce Haun

You should wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Learn How it Spreads

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are within about 6 feet of each other. It spreads through respiratory drops that are produced when a person who is infected coughs or sneezes.

Protect yourself

Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is very important especially after you have been in public places, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Avoiding close contact with others who are sick is also very important, especially if you or someone you live with has a higher risk of getting very sick. If you are required to leave your home, staying 6 feet apart from others is a way that you can protect yourself.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as your hands touch many surfaces that can contain the virus. Once the virus reaches your face, it can enter your body and make you sick.

Protect others

If you are ill, stay at home and stay away from others.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or using the inside of your elbow. After using a tissue, throw it away immediately. Once done, wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wear a facemask if you are sick. This is extremely important if you are or plan to be around others. If you are unable to use a facemask, be sure to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.

If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask, as there may be a shortage. Facemasks should be saved for caregivers and people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, and light switches, daily.