Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine for COVID-19 yet. Here are some ways you can help protect others during this time:
- First, you should learn what to do if you’re sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash right away.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a facemask if you’re sick around other people (like if you’ve shared a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes and encourage people who are caring for you to wear a facemask.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers and those at high risk.
— Dr. Andrew Baron