Protecting Yourself from Covid-19

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (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:  1. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), 2. Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, 3. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, 4. Some recent studies have suggested that Covid-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • 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 SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS FROM COVID-19 ILLNESS.

Everyone should:  

  • 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, mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a face cover when you have to go out in public.
  • Practice social distancing: keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Avoid:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Do not gather in groups. Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

THE ABOVE INFORMATION WAS SUPPLIES BY THE CDC (CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION) FROM THEIR WEBSITE: http://www.cdc.gov

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