How to protect yourself and your family:
How to protect yourself and your family:
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
- Get Tested and Seek Treatment
- Improve Ventilation and Spend Time Outdoors
- Stay Home and Avoid Contact if You or other people you know have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
- Follow Recommendations if you are Exposed
Staying Up to Date
- COVID-19 vaccines help your body develop protection from the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Although vaccinated people sometimes get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines significantly lowers the risk of getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.
- If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised or severely allergic to COVID-19 vaccines: Talk with a healthcare provider about whether you are eligible for a medicine called EVUSHELD™ that you can take before you are exposed or test positive for COVID-19.
Testing and Treatment
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- A viral test tells you if you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Effective treatments are now widely available and free, and you may be eligible.
- Knowing if you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 allows you to take care of yourself and take actions to reduce the chance that you will infect others.
- Don’t delay! Treatment must be started within a few days after you first develop symptoms to be effective.
- You can get tested, receive a prescription from a healthcare provider (either onsite or by telehealth), and have it filled all at one location.
- Improving ventilation and filtration can help protect you from getting infected with and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors so spending time outside when possible, instead of inside can also help.
- Actions that can improve ventilation and filtration include:
- Bringing in as much outdoor air as possible—for example, opening windows.
- Increasing air filtration in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, such as by changing filters frequently and using filters that are properly fitted and provide higher filtration.
- Using portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaners.
- Turning on exhaust fans and using other fans to improve air flow.
- Turning your thermostat to the “ON” position instead of “AUTO” to ensure your HVAC system provides continuous airflow and filtration.
Stay Home and Avoid Contact
- If you have COVID-19, you can spread it to others, even if you do not have symptoms.
- If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home until you have your results.
- Stay home and away from others for at least 5 days (possibly more, depending on how the virus affects you) and wear a high-quality mask when indoors around others for a period of time.
- Avoiding contact with people who have COVID-19, whether or not they feel sick, can reduce your risk of catching the virus from them.
- Sometimes it may not be practical for you to stay away from a person who has COVID-19 or you may want to help take care of them. In those situations, use as many prevention strategies as you can, such as practicing hand hygiene, consistently and correctly wearing a high-quality mask, improving ventilation, and keeping your distance, when possible, from the person who is sick or who tested positive.
Some Additional Prevention
- The CDC recommends considering wearing masks or respirators and increasing space and distance in certain circumstances or at medium or high COVID-19 Community Levels.
- Masks are made to contain droplets and particles that you breathe, cough, or sneeze out.
- Respirators, like the N95, are made to protect you by fitting closely on the face to filter out particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19. They can also block droplets and particles you breathe, cough, or sneeze out so you do not spread them to others.
- Small particles that people breathe out can contain virus particles. The closer you are to a greater number of people, the more likely you are to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. To avoid this possible exposure, you may want to avoid crowded areas, or keep distance between yourself and others.