There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. These everyday preventive actions are adapted from the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home and keep children home from school when sick. Follow your physician and ACHD guidelines regarding returning to work/school following an illness.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC recommends that all people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- 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, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Additionally, the CDC and other public health agencies recommend that all persons 6 months and older receive a flu shot.