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Act Like You Got It

Facemask InstructionsWear a mask when you’re out in public and around others (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). It keeps others safe and provides protection to the person wearing it by preventing the inhalation of respiratory droplets. People can spread COVID-19 before they ever show symptoms, or even if they show no symptoms at all.

Cloth masks should...

  • cover the nose, mouth, and chin.
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • include multiple layers of fabric.
  • allow for breathing without restriction.
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
DIY Face Covering Guide Disposable masks should be discarded and the end of use, and not washed or reused. Discard disposable masks if they become dirty or wet.

Know How it Spreads

  • COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus.
  • There are currently 2 vaccines available under Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for all age groups and 1 under an Emergency Use Authorization for 12-15 year olds.
  • One vaccine is fully approved by the FDA for use in people age 16 years and older.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to get vaccinated.

Take steps to protect yourself

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 or anybody who doesn't live in your household. 
  • Practice physical distancing - keep 6 feet between yourself and others.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead if you need to see a medical provider or use emergency medical transport and let them know your symptoms. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a mask (even if you are not sick)

  • "Act like you got it" and wear a mask when out in public. Masks, by blocking the release of exhaled respiratory particles into the environment, help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in situations where physical distancing is impractical, e.g. at a grocery store or when picking up other necessities. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. Masks along with physical distancing help prevent the spread.  DIY face covering instructions.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. Follow all manufacturers instructions (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.)
  • Cleaning options:
    • Diluted household bleach - mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with any other cleaner, especially ammonia, vinegar, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
    • Alcohol solutions - ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
    • Other common household disinfectants - retail cleaning products such as wipes and sprays that contain EPA-approved ingredients should be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder-to-kill viruses.
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