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How can I protect myself?

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. To avoid being exposed:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mose and mouth.
  • Put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a mask when around others. Children under 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing or is incapacitated should not wear a mask.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

For more information about how to protect yourself, see the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself & Others.

Last updated July 17, 2020
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Preventionlinks to external site

See also: Prevent getting sick