Coronavirus (COVID-19): Prevention Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Carrie A. Horn, MD, Charles L. Daley, MD, Gwen A. Huitt, MD, MS, Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD (March 04, 2020) Coronavirus Prevention Tips Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID19. Thorough personal hygiene is the best prevention. Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands. Wash hands after contact with animals and animal food products. Fully cook animal food products before eating. Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or cough into your elbow. Stay home when you are sick. COVID-19 Overview | COVID-19 Causes | COVID-19 Symptoms | COVID-19 Diagnosis | COVID-19 Treatment Call your doctor if: You develop a fever and cough or shortness of breath within 14 days after traveling from an area with outbreaks You have been in close contact with someone who has traveled from an infected area who has symptoms of the COVID-19 More on COVID-19 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) & Allergies COVID-19 Antibody (Serology) Testing FAQs How to Take Your Temperature Virus or Bacteria — What’s the Difference? View More Coronavirus (COVID-19): Diagnosis Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms Programs & Services Acute Respiratory Clinic Acute Respiratory Clinic (Pediatric) Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.