Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Help Protect Yourself and Others from the Spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often. 
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others whenever you are outside the home or around people who live outside your household. 
  • Put distance between yourself and others who live outside your home. 
  • Stay home if you are ill. 
  • When ill, limit contact with others as much as possible.

You've Been Exposed to COVID-19. What Next? 

Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health. 

How to Quarantine

When to Start and End Quarantine

You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel better since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. 

See examples of scenarios

You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Tested Positive for COVID-19. What's Next? 

1. Isolate from everyone. How to Isolate.

2. Tell your close contacts to quarantine. Find out who is considered close contacts and what to tell them. 

I Feel Sick and Need Help. What Should I Do if I'm Self-Isolating or Self-Quarantining? 

Call your doctor, tell them about your symptoms and ask them what to do. DO NOT show up at their clinic before calling them. 

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms. If possible, put on a facemask that covers your nose and mouth before emergency medical services arrive. 

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention for COVID-19

Watch for these five symptoms if you or someone in your household has COVID-19. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice any of these signs. If you notice any other symptoms that are concerning, call your primary care provider for medical advice. 

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face