To protect yourself, the CDC recommends the following:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based rub if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you are sick and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
Since it is flu season, the CDC also recommends persons getting the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs and diseases.
Sanitation of public spaces
When using public spaces, consider regularly wiping down surfaces, telephones, smartphone devices, and computer keyboards in your work and study spaces with disinfectant.
The World Health Organization recommends maintaining a distance of at least six feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.