The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released safety guidelines on how to help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses:
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 (or other respiratory viruses).
Simple everyday preventive actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include the following:
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
• 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.
• Cover your mouth & nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Everyone should wear a mask or cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Do NOT use a medical facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
Continue to maintain about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for further recommendations on how you can help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
Continue to seek updated, accurate information on COVID-19 and other health and safety concerns from recognized sources such as the CDC, WHO, and other official Government and Health Care Agencies.
While it is always a good idea to be aware of current recommendations to keep yourself and your family healthy and minimize the spread of illness, it is equally as important to make sure your home, car and workplace have emergency preparedness kits in place for any type of disaster, severe storm, or power outage.