How to Protect Yourself
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it in the trash. Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
How do I know the difference between a cold, allergies, flu and COVID-19.
- Cold or allergy symptoms typically include itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing.
- Flu or coronavirus symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, cough, and worsening symptoms.
- Coronavirus symptoms may also include shortness of breath. The individual will often have a history of recent international travel and/or exposure to someone testing positive for the virus.
I Think I Have COVID-19. What should I do?
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following if you think you have been exposed to or have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Stay home. People who have mild symptoms are instructed to isolate themselves at home.
- Avoid public areas. Do not go to work or school.
- Do not use any form of public transportation including buses, ride-sharing or taxis.
- Stay away from others in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible to limit their exposure.
- Limit contact with pets/animals. It is still unknown if COVID-19 affects animals.
- Don’t share personal household items like dishes, glasses, utensils, towels, and bedding. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Clean and disinfect “high touch” areas frequently.
- Monitor your symptoms and contact your health care provider if your symptoms worsen. Be sure to tell the provider if you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
What else can I do to be prepared?
State health departments advise taking these measures in the event
- Keep basic health supplies on hand including pain relievers, cough, cold and stomach medications, and a thermometer.
- Refill prescription medications if necessary.
- Have an adequate supply of tissues, soap and hand sanitizer.
For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus website.