What can I do to protect myself and others?
The best way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. We all have a role to play. Whether you are considered high-risk, low-risk or a front line or essential worker, the recommendations remain the same:
- Wash your hands often
- Disinfect frequently used surfaces
- Keep your distance from others, the CDC recommends staying 6 feet apart
- Isolate yourself if sick
- Seek care appropriately
- Reserve the emergency room only for severe symptoms
- Wear a cloth face mask if in a public space
Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Underlying conditions vary, but can include, chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, have severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and liver disease.