COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and others, it is important to follow these guidelines:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Wear a mask or face covering in public settings, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance from others, especially in public settings.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of used tissues properly.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops.
- Stay home and self-isolate if you are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Get vaccinated when a vaccine is available to you. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
It is important to continue following these guidelines even if you have already been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. By taking these preventive measures, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves and others from infection.