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There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Get a flu shot. (While it won’t protect against COVID-19, it may help in diagnosis should you display symptoms.)
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • While common in many countries, the CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

March 7: Practical tips to protect yourself

Last modified: March 11, 2020