How to stay safe and protect yourself

  • Stay home whenever possible
  • Avoid any unnecessary gatherings of people
  • Keep your distance from others when out or at work (about 6 feet)
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • DO NOT attempt any “home remedies” or procedures not approved by the CDC or WHO

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Know how it spreads

COVID-19 is most commonly spread by inhalation of water droplets from infected people coughing. Maintaining distance from others helps you prevent inhaling the virus. It can also be spread from person to person via contaminated surfaces.  The virus can live on a non-porous surface (like a countertop or tool) for up to 72 hours. This is why it is important to not touch your face—if your hands picked up the virus from a surface or from someone coughing nearby, you can introduce it to your body via your nose, mouth or eyes.

If you still need to go to work…

While many people are now working from home, millions of Americans still have to go to work. While at work, do everything you can to keep yourself distanced from others, and wash your hands frequently.

What kind of preventative measures should I avoid?

There are many “homemade remedies” floating around the internet. However, the only approved methods of preventing the spread of coronavirus are washing your hands, avoiding large crowds, and staying at home when you’re sick. 

Specifically, extreme heat and cold will have no effect on the virus, it cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes, and spraying your entire body with Clorox or alcohol will not kill the virus either. These methods have been marked as a myth by the World Health Organization and should not be attempted.

Why should I take preventative measures if I’m not sick?

Even if you are not sick, you could unknowingly come in contact with someone who is infected but not showing symptoms.  This could cause you to acquire the virus and spread it to others. 

Sources: CDC, WHO, New York Times, Harvard Health, Washington Post

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