How To Protect Yourself & Others Everyday practices to prevent colds, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses can also provide protection against coronaviruses, including COVID-19. Here are a few steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones healthy:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
Stay home and away from others if you're sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
Work with your healthcare provider to see if you should get vaccinated against the flu or COVID-19.
Consider wearing a face mask if you are not feeling well.