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Stop the Spread of COVID-19!
COVID-19 can be spread very easily from person-to-person. To protect yourself and those around you, you can:
- Shelter at home, limit your trips to stores and gatherings
- Wash your hands
- Wear a mask
- Keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and other people
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces and purchased goods
For more information on ways to stay safe:
Effective Hand Washing
When to Wash Your Hands
To stay healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19, you should wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing and eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- After you have been in a public place and touched a high-touch surface such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, electronic cashier registers/screens.
- Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
How to Wash Your Hands Effectively
It is easy to wash your hands; however, many people do not wash their hands effectively. To protect those around you, follow these steps every time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Make sure that if you choose to use hand sanitizer, your hand sanitizer has at least 60% alcohol and be sure to use it before and after putting on and taking off a face covering.
Masks play a key role in preventing people who have COVID-19 from infecting those around them. Since people infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic and unaware that they have the disease, it is critical that you and your friends and family wear masks to protect yourselves, especially those at higher risk.
Surgical masks and respirators should be reserved for healthcare professionals and first responders.
Credit to CDC, read more here.
Wearing a Mask:
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Make sure you can breathe easily
- Fit it close against the sides of your face.
- Don’t pull the mask down around your neck or up on your forehead.
- Don’t touch your mask, if you do, sanitize your hands.
Taking It Off:
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the strings
- Fold outside corners together
- Place mask in washing machine
- Do not touch eyes, face, mouth until after you have disinfected your hands.
Wearing a Mask
What is Social Distancing
Why is Social Distancing Important?
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing, more accurately, physical distancing, means maintaining at least 6 feet or 2 arms’ length of distance from people outside of your household both inside and outside.
- Check guidelines and current case situations before you go anywhere
- If using public transit, try to maintain a 6-foot distance from other passengers or operators. Avoid pooled rides in rideshares and taxis and sit in the back seat to maximize distance from the driver. Read more here.
- Limit visits to stores. When at stores, maintain your distance from other people and wear a mask. Use drive-thru, curbside, and delivery whenever possible.
- Socialize with friends and family through social media and video calls, if meeting others in person, maintain your distance from those outside of your household. Read more here.
- Avoid crowded places and gatherings. If in a crowded space, wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
- If exercising outdoors, choose a less populated location and maintain your 6-foot distance.
Credit to CDC, read more here.
Keep Clean and COVID-19 Free
- Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
- Clean or launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- If someone is sick, keep a separate bedroom and bathroom for the person who is sick (if possible).
Read more from the CDC here.