How do I prevent and prepare for COVID-19?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus (and avoid exposing other people). Here’s how:
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and readily available throughout the community for anyone 5 years of age and older. To ensure the highest level of protection against COVID-19, stay up-to-date on your vaccines, including getting a booster dose when eligible.
Practice social distancing
Avoid large gatherings, especially in public, indoor spaces. If you are around other people, keep six feet between you when possible.
Why? COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out small particles that contain the virus. These particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. People who are closer than six feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.
Consistent use of a comfortable, well-fitting mask covering your nose and mouth can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 to protect yourself and those around you. N95 or KN95 respirators offer the highest level of protection.
Don’t place a face cover on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after coughing or sneezing.