The COVID-19 virus spreads from person-to-person through close contact, or when an infected person coughs or sneezes and respiratory droplets land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. It may also spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.There are ways you can protect yourself from the virus including practicing good hygiene, social distancing and maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Reduce your risk
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and toss used paper towels in the trash.
- Wash after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Wash after touching someone.
- If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cough and sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Health officials are recommending people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth when in community settings. Get instructions on how to make your own face covering out of common household items.
Health Experts Recommend Wearing Face Masks in Public to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 - Watch Video
Social distancing is a public health practice that prevents people who are sick or otherwise carry the virus from coming into close contact with healthy people. Such encounters can spread the virus. Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on social distancing.Watch this helpful video on Social Distancing
Maintaining your mental health is important during this time. The CDC recommends the following tips:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline
Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
Some County parks may be closed, but there are still ways to stay active. Residents are allowed to exercise and walk their pets as long as social-distancing guidelines are observed.
- Go for a walk or run as long as social-distancing guidelines are observed
- Play a game of catch in your yard
- Go boating
- Finish some home improvement projects
- Use online resources for fitness