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 actions 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. • Wear a face mask. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about use and care of masks.