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How To Protect Yourself Against Covid-19

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How To Protect Yourself Against Covid-19

Protect Yourself Against Covid-19: An infection with this virus can lead to coronavirus disease 19, or COVID-19.

Here are the medical facts to help us understand how to best protect ourselves and others.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze

  • If you are wearing a mask: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  • If you are not wearing a mask:
    • 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.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.

Stay 6 feet away from others

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.

Get Vaccinated

  • Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
  • You should get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
  • Once you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Monitor your health daily

  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
  • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces

  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Avoid indoor 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.

Top 9 Tips for prevention

  1. Wash your hands frequently and carefully.
  2. Avoid touching your face
  3. Stop shaking hands and hugging people — for now
  4. Don’t share personal items
  5. Clean and disinfect surfaces
  6. Take physical (social) distancing seriously
  7. Do not gather in groups
  8. Avoid eating or drinking in public places
  9. Self-quarantine if sick