Saturday, June 5, 2021

Ways to protect yourself and others from Covid-19

Important ways to slow the spread

  • Wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others.
  • Stay 6 feet apart with whom you don’t live.
  • Get a Covid-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
  • Avoid crowds and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
  • Often wash your hands with soap and water. Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available. 

Wear a mask

  • Everyone 2 years of age and older should wear masks in public.
  • You should wear a mask in addition to stay 6 feet apart, especially if you are around with whom you don’t live.
  • If  someone in your house has Covid-19, everyone in the house should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others.
  • Clean your hands or use a hand sanitizer before wearing your mask.
  • Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth and keep it under your chin.
  • Wear a mask that fits snugly against the sides of face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head. 
  • If you have to keep adjusting your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different type of mask or brand.
  • Make sure that you can breathe easily.
On February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Stay 6 feet apart with others

Inside your house: Avoid being in close contact with people who are sick.  
  • If possible, stay 6 feet apart or 2 meters between someone who is sick and their family members. 
  • Ouside your house: Stay 6 feet apart with whom you don’t live.
  • Keep in mind that some people without symtoms can spread the virus to you.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths) with others.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Get vaccinated

  • Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
  • You should get a Covid-19 vaccine where it’s available to you.
  • After you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
  • Avoid crowds and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
  • If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Often clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in public or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • It’s important to wash:
  1. Before eating or preparing food
  2. Before touching your face
  3. After using the bathroom
  4. After leaving a public area
  5. After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  6. After holding your mask
  7. After changing a diaper
  8. After taking care of someone who is sick
  9. After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until it dries.
  • Avoid touching your unwashed hands on eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze
  • If you are wearing a mask: you can cough or sneeze into your mask. Wear a clean, new mask as soon as possible and clean your hands.
  • If you are not wearing a mask:
  1. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  2. Throw used tissue in the trash
  • Immidiately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap or water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
  • Clean high touch surfaces daily. These includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect high touch surfaces. Use a household disinfectant product from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) external icon according to manufacturer’s labeled directions.
+ If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water before disinfection.
Track your health daily
  • Be alart with symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
+ Especially important, if you are running essential errands, going to intto the office or workplace and environments where it may be difficult to stay 6 feet apart with others.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
+ Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes after exercising or taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

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