Wash your Hands For 20 Seconds With Soap

Correctly washing your hands and maintaining social distance by avoiding large gatherings and close contact with people who are sick are two of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officials say.


Wash your hands often and correctly

Wet your hands, scrub everywhere (under those fingernails, too) with soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

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If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer works, but the CDC and WHO both recommended the former.


Avoid touching your face, including eyes, nose and mouth

It’s easy to touch a surface that may be contaminated with the virus and then unknowingly touch your face. The virus can transfer from your hands to your nose and mouth and then enter your body and make you sick.

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Cover your cough or sneeze

Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose as you cough and sneeze and then throw it out. Wash your hands immediately after. You can also cough or sneeze into your elbow. This helps prevent respiratory droplets from spreading to those in close contact with you.

Stay home if you’re sick

If your illness is mild, restrict when and where you leave your home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead. If you have other people living with you, try to stay in one room. Don’t share common household items, either.

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If you do have to leave your house for any reason, wear a face mask. Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated areas, and any nonessential travel.

Monitor your symptoms and stay home until you’re instructed by a medical professional that you can leave.