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How Do I Protect Myself from COVID-19 & Other Viruses? CDC Safety Tips

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.

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.

Lastly, 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 in case of any type of disaster, severe storm, or power outage.

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