Protect Yourself


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 may provide some protection to the person wearing it. 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

  • 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 through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person talks, laughs, coughs, or sneezes.

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 can help prevent the spread 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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