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Protect Yourself and Your Community

Protect Yourself and Your Community

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It is recommended that high-risk individuals avoid mass gatherings where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. Here are preventive actions you can use to protect yourself and those within your community to slow the spread of respiratory viruses. 

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue, handkerchief, or sleeve. 
  • If you sneeze into a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hand. If you do, wash your hands immediately for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Clean Hands and Surfaces Regularly 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face specifically your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Avoid shaking hands. 
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, tabletops, counters, phones, keyboards, and light switches. 

Stay Home When Sick

  • Stay home and away from others when you are feeling unwell.
  • If you have a cold, flu, or other viruses, you can prevent the spread of germs by wearing a mask. 
  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your doctor first before going in.