Protecting My Family from Coronavirus
This is a good time to reinforce good health hygiene habits that help to prevent the spread of illnesses and other viruses like COVID-19. Remind your family and friends to:
- Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean common surfaces such as door knobs, counters, bathroom fixtures, phones and tablets
- Sneeze or cough into your elbow, NOT your hand
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for limiting large group gatherings, available at CDC.gov.
- Stay home, avoid large group gatherings of 10 people or more and keep space between yourself and others.
The CDC does have specific recommendations for older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Take these steps:
- Reduce your risk of getting sick by stocking up on supplies, keeping space between yourself and others, and avoiding crowds and cruise travel.
- Have supplies on-hand to be prepared to stay home for a period of time, such as prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies and household items and groceries.
- Take everyday health hygiene precautions such as frequent hand-washing, avoiding crowds, avoiding touching your face, clean and disinfect surfaces and avoiding non-essential travel.
- Have a plan for if you get sick – consult with your healthcare provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms.
The CDC, at CDC.gov, is the best resource for more preparation tips and accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19.