The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The CDC recommends several steps that you and your family can take to minimize your risk and help prevent the spread of coronavirus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick and don’t send sick children to school.
Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent contracting the COVID-19 virus, but there are vaccines available to help prevent the flu. Health officials still recommend annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older.
Reconsider travel plans, particularly to destinations in the U.S. and internationally that have reported an outbreak.