EVERYONE has a role to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Every American has been called upon to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing and prevention hygiene, such as frequently washing your hands and wearing masks. Everyone also has a role in making sure our communities are as safe as possible to reopen and remain open.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
The CDC provides an explanation of what prevention measures are important and necessary to keep yourself and others safe.
Practicing social distancing includes:
- Staying at least 6 feet between yourself and others when possible.
- Reduce the time of how often you are physically near others.
- Stay physically apart in public places like grocery stores, workplaces, public transportation, schools or other places in your community.
Wearing a mask / face cover:
- Wash your hands before putting on your mast.
- Cover your nose and mouth when around others.
- Everyone should wear a mask when in public settings, around others.
- The mask is meant to protect others in case you are infected.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Especially after being in a public place,
- After coughing or sneezing
- Before touching your face
If no soap and water are available, make sure to carry hand sanitizer with you when out in public areas.
Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed/unsanitized hands.
Cleaning frequently used surfaces:
Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that will require careful planning.
Some important reminders about coronaviruses and reducing the risk of exposure:
- Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days.
- Normal routine cleaning with soap and water removes germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
- Disinfectants kill germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfect doorknobs, handles, light switches, cell phones, buttons, and other high contact surfaces.