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How to Protect Yourself From COVID-19

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions
like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing
more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. 

       
There is currently no 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. 

o    Between people who are in close contact with one another
(within about 6 feet). 

o     Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person
coughs or sneezes.

       
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses
of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Clean your hands often

       
Wash your
hands
often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after
you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or
sneezing.

       
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least
60% alcohol
. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until
they feel dry.

       
Avoid
touching
your eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

       
Avoid
close contact
with people who are sick

       
Put distance
between yourself and other
people
if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for
people who are at higher risk of getting sick.

Stay home
if you’re sick

      Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes Clean and disinfect

       
Clean AND
disinfect
frequently touched
surfaces
daily.
This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks,
phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

       
If
surfaces are dirty, clean them:
Use detergent or soap and water prior to
disinfection.

  

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