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COVID-19 Update For NEW Health Patients
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How to Stay Safe
Wear a mask
Everyone 2 and older should wear masks in public.
Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you.
If someone in your household is infected, people in the household
should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others
Wash your hands
or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
Make sure you can breathe easily.
Stay 6 feet away from others
Inside your home:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Outside your home:
Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people
Keeping distance from others is especially important for
people who are at higher risk of getting very sick
Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters put you at higher risk for COVID-19.
Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands
often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
It’s especially important to wash:
Before eating or preparing food
Before touching your face
After using the restroom
After leaving a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling your mask
After changing a diaper
After caring for someone sick
After touching animals or pets
If soap and water are not readily available,
use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
your eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Always cover your mouth and nose
with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues
in the trash.
wash your hands
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect
frequently touched surfaces
. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them.
Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Then, use a household disinfectant.
Use products from
EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)external icon
according to manufacturer’s labeled directions.
Monitor Your Health Daily
Be alert for symptoms.
Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or
Especially important if you are
running essential errands
, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a
physical distance of 6 feet
Take your temperature
if symptoms develop.
Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
if symptoms develop.
Get Vaccinated to Protect Against COVID-19
is especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with certain medical conditions.
People with underlying medical conditions may get a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had
a severe or immediate allergic reaction
to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of the ingredients in a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC has made recommendations on
who should get vaccinated first
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