What Can I Do to Protect My Health?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following preventive actions: 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
     

What If I Have Recently Traveled To Another Country?

On March 11, the CDC issued a global outbreak notice, meaning that ongoing community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 is occurring globally. It recommends the following:
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • All travelers should monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning from travel.