To prevent getting and spreading COVID-19, make sure you practice good personal health habits. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
See CDC’s advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Avoid close contact with others and practice physical distancing
- Stay at home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments.
- Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, when possible.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Practice good hand hygiene
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth when in public.
If you start to feel sick
- If you become sick, stay home. Visit our if you think you are sick webpage for more information.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (for example, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). See CDC’s recommendations for household cleaning and disinfection webpage.