Steps to Take to Protect Yourself
Below are some steps you can take to protect yourself at work or in your daily life. This is not a comprehensive list. It is important to note, as more is learned about COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update their guidance on how to protect yourself. For the most recent updates, visit the CDC website.
- Stay at home — except to get essentials like food and medicine.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Social Distance – if you have to go out, keep your distance — stay at least six feet away from others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you are around others AND still social distance.
- Make a plan, so you only visit the grocery store or pharmacy once a week during off-peak hours for the shortest amount of time possible.
- Do not gather in person. Stay in touch with friends and family over the phone or online.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If you’re sick, stay at home! (Unless it’s to get medical care)
- Only go to the hospital for urgent symptoms.
- Self-isolate if you have mild symptoms.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch often.
Employers should follow the MOST protective guidance and standards issued by state or federal agencies. If guidance contradicts each other, the MOST protective should be implemented.