What You Can Do

  1. Protection & Prevention Practices
  2. Social Distancing
  3. Learn and Share the Facts

Protection & Prevention Practices

"We have to remain laser-focused on containment and slowing down the spread of disease."

 - Mike Ryan, head of the WHO Emergencies Program

Protect Yourself

According to the CDC, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to the virus. Here are the ways to do this:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water:
    • For at least 20 seconds
    • Frequently throughout the day
    • Especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water is not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (this is especially important for those who are at higher risk of getting sick)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including:
    • Tables
    • Countertops
    • Doorknobs
    • Light switches
    • Phones
    • Keyboards
    • Toilets
    • Faucets
    • Remotes
    • Handles

Protect Others

  • Follow all of the above practices to keep yourself healthy
  • Stay home if you are sick and call your doctor if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

Prepare

The CDC offers guidance on how to prepare for an outbreak in your community, including how to create a household plan. 

Additional Prevention Strategies

  • Avoid close gatherings of people
  • Cancel or postpone events that consist of 50 people or more
  • Work from home if possible
  • Postpone travel 
  • Reduce your vulnerability while sleeping
  • Get outdoors for fresh air and sunlight

Articles & Resources

Social Distancing

“Whenever you see the virus, it’s moved on already — it will have infected other people by the time you become aware of it,”

 -Bill Hanage, epidemologist

Maintaining a Safe Distance

The CDC defines "close contact" as:

  • Being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time, which can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (i.e., being coughed on)

What is Social Distancing?

The CDC defines social distancing as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others when possible. The objective of social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected, so as to minimize disease transmission.

Articles & Resources

Learn and Share the Facts

"Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumours and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity."

- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

Trust Reliable Sources

There is a lot of inaccurate information circulating about COVID-19. You can make a difference by knowing the facts. The CDC and the WHO are reliable sources to find information, facts, current statistics, and recommendations. 

Share Reliable Information

These organizations also provide helpful print resources to download and share in your community or workplace.

Available Training

The more knowledgable you are, the more you can help your community.