Staying Healthy

COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets when:

  • You have direct contact with a COVID-19-positive person
  • You are within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19
  • The respiratory droplets of a person with COVID-19 get into your nose, mouth or eyes, even if only by you touching your eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands
  • You are around someone who is infected but does not have symptoms

Protect Yourself

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or face covering
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when listed as ethanol or 70% alcohol as isopropanol
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces and outdoor spaces
  • Make sure indoor spaces are well ventilated
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touch often (door handles, light switches, faucets, counter tops)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home and isolate if you are sick

For additional information on staying safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Quarantine

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you should quarantine.  Doing this helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

What is close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone with COVID-19
  • You hugged or kissed a person with COVID-19
  • You have shared eating or drinking utensils
  • A person with COVID-19 coughed or sneezed on you

What do I need to do?

What do I do after quarantine?

  • If you have symptoms, isolate
  • Wear a mask

Isolation

If you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you isolate to avoid spreading the virus to others. It is also important to get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms. To get tested for COVID-19, contact your primary care physician or go to a local COVID-19 testing site.

Most people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and can recover at home. If your symptoms become worse, contact your healthcare provider.

How do I self-isolate?

  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Do not go to work, school or public areas
  • Postpone non-essential medical appointments
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members
  • Use a separate bathroom when possible
  • Avoid contact with family members and pets
  • Do not share household items such as cups, towels or utensils
  • Wear a mask if others are around
  • Cover your cough with your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

When can I stop isolating?

  • When your symptoms have improved (only cough 2-3 times per hour, no shortness of breath, minimal congestion) and
  • 10 days have elapsed from the day the you first experienced symptoms or
  • 20 days have elapsed from the day you first experienced symptoms if you are severely ill or severely immunocompromised (current cancer diagnosis, blood, bone marrow or organ transplant, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune-weakening medicines)