As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re told we can each play a role in preventing its spread. But how? 

The protective measures currently in place, such as stay-at-home orders, as well as the five key practices described below, will continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. So  far, the best actions to take to slow the transmission of COVID-19 include: 

Social distancing - Maintain at least a 1-meter distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough sneeze or speak.  Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors.  The further away, the better. 

Avoid enclosed public spaces - Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars,  fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19. Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible, and prefer staying at home as much as possible to save yourself and your family from the virus. 

Avoid touching your face - To help prevent infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Why? These mucous membranes are a portal of entry for germs that cause respiratory infections, including COVID-19. 

Wash your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds each time - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 

Wear a mask - If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places. People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may NOT be protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.