COVID-19 Library FAQ
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Know How It Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- Wash your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- Monitor your health for symptoms and temperatures.
Advice (Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
If you have mild symptoms and are worried that you might have COVID-19, call your primary care physician or healthcare provider instead of going to a clinic or doctor's office without an appointment to ensure you aren't potentially exposing others to the virus.
If you have severe breathing problems, seek medical attention or call 911 immediately and let the person you speak with know that you have respiratory problems and need to be isolated and seen right away.
If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should contact your primary care physician or healthcare provider for guidance.