How can I prevent COVID-19?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. View the EPA-registered disinfectant products on the Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 list that have qualified under EPA's emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

More Information

For information about handwashing, see the CDC Handwashing webpage.

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1. What is a novel coronavirus?
2. What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
3. How can I prevent COVID-19?
4. What treatments are available for COVID-19?
5. Can disinfectant spray or wipes be used on my skin to prevent spread of COVID-19?
6. Is the Fire Department offering any screenings for COVID-19?
7. How is the Fire Department handling their operations and service?
8. If I have an emergency what should I expect from the Fire Department?
9. What is the non-test-based strategy for releasing cases and contacts from home isolation and quarantine?