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Viral Prevention Strategies

Family Caregiver Resources

Elderly couple having coffe.Because there is no cure for COVID-19, your best protection is to follow these guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (stay at least 6 feet away).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw tissues away immediately. Do not let them collect on tables or chairs around the house or at work.
  • 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.
    • Be sure to clean the backs of your hands as well as the palms.
    • Also clean between your fingers and under your nails.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as tables, counter tops, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
    • Use a household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product, including precautions to take such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation while using the product.
    • If you do not have cleaning spray, make a solution of household detergent and water.
  • Face masks.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • People who are well do not need to wear a face mask unless they are in active contact with someone who is sick.

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