Take steps to protect yourself

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·  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.


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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 very sick.

Take steps to protect others


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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.


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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.


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Wear a facemask if you are sick

·         If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

·         If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.


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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.

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