Prevention

Prevention Tips

Last updated: August 3, 2021

Help protect yourself, your family and your community against illness.

You should always:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are not vaccinated.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth or eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, particularly if you have been exposed to someone who is sick. If you develop symptoms, get tested.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • Unless your physician advises against it, get a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination is highly effective for preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people other than those in your household.
  • Wear a face mask when inside public places.
  • Wear a mask when close contact with people outside your household cannot be avoided, including in outdoor, crowded spaces.

If you are vaccinated:

  • Except where required by law, or workplace or business policy, you do not need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart. Masking is still required in healthcare facilities.
  • If your immune system has been weakened by a medication or health condition, talk to your physician for guidance. In general, you should follow recommendations for those who have not been vaccinated.

Get the latest guidance on prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.