Protection

How can I protect myself? 

Wash your hands often with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with others, and clean frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

Should I wear a facemask? 

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. N95 masks for health care workers and surgical masks for people. 

Do I need to use hot water when washing my hands? 

You can use cold, warm or hot water and soap and wash your hands 20 seconds or more. 

How do I properly disinfect surfaces?   

When cleaning use any product that kills germs. The CDC has a list of EPA approved disinfectants on their website. Wear gloves when cleaning, disposable or dishwashing gloves. If using reusable gloves wash the gloves with soap and water when you are finished and let dry completely before using again. 

IS IT OKAY TO GO TO STORES RIGHT NOW? IF SO, WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF? 

When touching items at the store, use your best judgment. If you feel you should wipe the shopping cart handle with disinfectant, then do so. 


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Prevention and Vaccine
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