Last updated: May 26, 2022
Everyone needs to work together to help stop COVID-19 from spreading. You can take the following steps to help protect yourself, your family and your community.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- That is about how long it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song two times.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick, who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Try not to touch your face, mouth or eyes without washing your hands first.
Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, particularly if you have been exposed to someone who is sick.
- If you have symptoms, get tested.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine unless your physician says you should not.
- People who get vaccinated are less likely to get very sick. They are less likely to need to be in a hospital, and they are less likely to die from COVID-19.
Wear a mask.
Stay 6 feet away from others.
- If someone is sick in your home, try to stay at least 6 feet away from the person who is sick.
- If you are caring for someone who is sick, wear a mask.
- If you are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, stay at least 6 feet away from others. This is very important if you are at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19.
If your immune system is weakened by a medication or health condition, talk to your physician. They may recommend you take other steps to protect yourself.