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The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure. COVID-19 mainly spreads from person-to-person between people who are within about 6 feet of each other or in an enclosed space together for more than 15 minutes. This occurs when an infected person produces respiratory droplets when they talk, cough, or sneeze. These droplets can land in the mouth, or nose, or be inhaled by people who are nearby. Droplets can also land on surfaces, which then get transferred when an uninfected person touches the surface and then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Who can also get infected? Anyone can get COVID-19. But older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like hypertension, obesity, heart or lung disease , diabetes or asthma are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Every person can stay safe, and save lives! It comes down to common sense:

  • Stay home except for essential needs/activities.
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 6 feet away from people.
  • Wear a cloth facemask if you leave home.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow or a tissue. Wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and away from people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Follow the orders and guidance from public health officials.

Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself and others.

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