The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, and it is important to take steps to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. To protect yourself and others, it is essential to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces, maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others, avoid large gatherings, socialize outdoors, get vaccinated and receive reinforcements as soon as eligible. Vaccination against COVID-19 is safe, effective and free. It is especially important for people who are at increased risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions, including pregnancy.
If you are not fully vaccinated and are 2 years or older, you should wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in closed public places. A cloth face covering may not protect the user, but it may prevent the user from transmitting the virus to others. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people in areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor environments for activities where they are in close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated or in situations where it is difficult to maintain social distancing measures. If you wear a mask when you cough or sneeze, put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
If you're not wearing a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw away used tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. COVID-19 spreads through close contact with people who have the virus. People with the virus can spread it even if they don't have symptoms.
The risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher indoors and in crowded places. Get vaccinated against COVID-19: Everyone 5 and older can book vaccination appointments now Meet with people outside if possible Open doors and windows to let in fresh air if you encounter people indoors Wear a face covering when it's difficult to stay away from others, especially indoors or in crowded places Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. You can return to your normal activities when you feel better or don't have a high fever. Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19. The risk of spreading COVID-19 is especially high in places where these “3Cs” overlap.
Calling ahead before visiting a health center allows health care providers to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.