Social distancing is one of the best tools to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. To help slow the spread of the virus, keep these key times in mind for when to use social distancing:
- Inside your home if someone is sick
- Outside your home when around people who are not in your household
- If you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
If maintaining social distancing will be difficult, wear a cloth face covering when around others, including when you must go out in public. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html
Preventing COVID-19: Daily Life
Wondering how you can do your daily activities safely while protecting yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19?
The more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
So, think about
- How many people will be there?
- Will the space be indoors or outdoors?
- Will you spend a lot of time with others?
(“PST” here’s a hint – think People, Space, and Time.)
Learn more about assessing the risk when you‘re deciding to go out: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/deciding-to-go-out.html
How to Wear a Face Covering
Cloth face coverings are most likely to slow the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used in public settings. Wear a cloth face covering when you are around people not living in your household, especially when social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) is difficult to maintain. Learn more about the importance of wearing a cloth face covering in public settings: https://bit.ly/3ee8iP4external icon
Protecting Older Adults
Are you aware that older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions like chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, and diabetes are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19? If your parent or another relative is an older adult or has a serious underlying medical condition, they should be aware of preparations to take:
- Limit contact with others as much as possible
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Take everyday preventive actions: wash hands often and avoid touching face, nose, and eyes
- Have over-the-counter medicines, medical supplies (like tissues), and extra necessary prescriptions
- Have extra household items and groceries on hand
- Make a plan for what to do if they get sick
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often
- Consult with their healthcare provider if they have symptoms of COVID-19
Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus
Clara - The COVID-19 Self Checker
Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Self-Checker, also known as Clara, can help you decide when to call your doctor if you are feeling sick. Try the symptom checker here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html#cdc-chat-bot-open