How can I protect myself from coronavirus/COVID-19?

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I want to take the necessary steps to protect myself and my loved ones from coronavirus. Where can I find the most accurate and reliable information about prevention?

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  • Several steps can be taken to protect you and your loved ones from coronavirus or COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most accurate prevention and precautionary tips.

    CDC suggestions to protect yourself:
    1. 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    5. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.

    CDC suggestions to protect others:
    1. Stay at home if you are sick.
    2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    3. Throw used tissues in the trash.
    4. After coughing or sneezing, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    5. If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

    The CDC also offers a helpful video on handwashing best practices: https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo

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