Stop the Spread of Germs

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You can take steps to protect yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak. The virus spreads from person-to-person in close contact and being exposed to the virus on surfaces, then touching your face with unwashed hands. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Wash Your Hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean / Disinfect Hard Surfaces

  • Hard surfaces that are touched often or by more than one person need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • When a surface is visibly dirty, wash with a general household cleaner (soap or detergent). Rinse with water and follow with a disinfectant.
  • When a surface is not visibly dirty, clean with a commercial product that is both a detergent (cleans) and a disinfectant (kills germs).
  • Wear disposable gloves.

Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover Your Cough / Sneeze

  • 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.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Stay Home When You're Sick

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Call ahead before you visit your doctor or emergency room.
  • If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and monitor your symptoms.