Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Take everyday preventive actions:
Clean your hands oftenWash your hands often
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places
– elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.Avoid touching your face,
nose, eyes, etc.Clean and disinfect
your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)Avoid crowds,
especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.Avoid all non-essential travel
including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community
Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.Stay home
as much as possible.Consider ways of getting food brought to your house
through family, social, or commercial networks
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease
Have a plan for if you get sick
Consult with your health care provider
for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
.Stay in touch with others by phone or email.
You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.Determine who can care for you
if your caregiver gets sick.
Watch for symptoms
and emergency warning signs
Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms
, call your doctor.If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
In adults, emergency warning signs*:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusion or inability to arouseBluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms
that are severe or concerning.
What to do if you get sickStay home and call your doctor.
Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms
. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home
.Know when to get emergency help.Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.
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