The 2019 Coronavirus, or COVID-19 virus, is an infectious disease similar to the cold. It travels in droplets when you cough and sneeze, and in other body fluids. Personal hygiene is the best prevention.
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Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom; before eating and touching your any part of your face; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Hand washing is still the best way to prevent getting sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home and work.
Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or cough into your elbow. Throw the tissue away promptly and wash your hands with soap and water.
Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have a fever and are coughing or sneezing.
After becoming fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you can gather indoors and unmasked with others who are fully vaccinated; you may gather indoors with unvaccinated people from your household; you do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19; and you still need to wear a mask and observe social distancing in public.
This information has been reviewed and approved by Carrie A. Horn, MD, Charles L. Daley, MD, Gwen A. Huitt, MD, MS, Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD (February 2020), updated by Infection Preventionist Rosine Angbanzan, MPH (March 2021).
Learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects specific health conditions in these printable patient education materials.
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