As coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remains top of mind for members of all communities, it is important take time to understand how it spreads. It is also important to learn the steps you can take to help prevent the spread of this virus for your health and the health of those around you.
Ways COVID-19 Can Spread
COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person. Person-to-person spread can happen:
- When people are within approximately six feet of each other.
- Through any droplets expelled during a sneeze or a cough. These droplets can spread the virus when they land in the nose or mouth of another person or if the droplets are inhaled.
While it is not the main way COVID-19 spreads, it can spread via contaminated surfaces. In certain cases, the virus can live on surfaces for days. Infection happens when a healthy person touches a contaminated surface and then touches their face, nose or mouth. From there, the germs enter the body.
COVID-19 Prevention Tips
The most effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to it. The following tips are ways you can limit your contact with the virus.
Put Distance Between Yourself and Others
Because COVID-19 spreads when people are in close proximity to one another, it is important to keep distance between yourself and others. It is also important to avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home unless seeking medical care.
Wash Your Hands
Be sure to wash your hands constantly throughout the day with soap and water. Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more. In a situation where soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that consists of at least 60% alcohol. Refrain from touching your face if you have not washed your hands recently.
Cover Your Mouth and Nose
When sneezing or coughing use, a tissue or direct the sneeze or cough into your elbow. Discard tissues in the trash after use and remember to wash your hands afterward.
Disinfect the surfaces in your home that are most frequently touched. This can include tables, handles, keyboards, phones, keys, light switches, faucets and counters. It is also important to clean dirty surfaces with water and soap before using a disinfectant on them.
Wear a Mask, If Needed
If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are receiving medical care at a healthcare facility or in situations involving other people. You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are sick or providing care for someone who is sick.
Stay updated with the latest information from healthcare providers and public health authorities. They will provide timely advice on steps that members of your community, including you, should take for protection.
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