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How can I lower the risk of catching COVID-19?

You can lower your risk by following these guidelines.

You can decrease your risk of catching COVID-19 infection by following these recommendations:

  • Stay home except for essential needs/activities.
  • Practice physical (social) distancing, which means stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live in the same household as you.
  • Wear a face covering when you leave home.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use liquid hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together for 20 seconds until dry.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touch daily. If they are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water before disinfection.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands first.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue.Wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Stay home and away from people if you have symptoms of Covid-19 like: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, etc.
  • If you smoke or vape, consider quitting. Smoking and vaping causes harm to the lungs.
  • Follow the advice of public health officials.

The most important thing you can do is to AVOID gatherings in social, work, and family situations.

What is Physical (Social) Distancing?

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means staying at least six feet away from people who do not live in the same household as you. This is about the length of two grocery shopping carts. It’s not possible to tell at a glance if someone has COVID-19. People can spread the virus to others for two days before they feel sick. Some people with COVID-19 never get symptoms but can spread it without knowing it.

Any social, family, or workplace gathering is high-risk for getting and spreading this deadly virus!

Should I wear a face mask or cloth face covering?

Wearing a mask (or cloth face covering) is now required statewide. Masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of virus into the air. 

According to health experts, it’s very important to wear face masks every time you leave your home. Masks can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by those with no obvious symptoms. And, wearing masks protects our front line and essential workers too.  

A mask is only effective if it covers both ways you breathe, so cover both your nose and mouth when outside your home. Don’t wear it under your nose or just on your chin.

Always remember that you must follow these guidelines jointly and at all times: wear a face mask, wash hands, keep your distance, and avoid gatherings.

For more information about all types of masks, click here.