Prevention is the best course of action. Older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or serious medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease) should remain in their homes as much as possible.
Health resources also encourage everyone to:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (use hand sanitizer only if soap and water are unavailable).
- Don't touch eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice physical distancing - Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. Stay 6 feet away from those you cannot avoid.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
- Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that are exposed germs.
- Wear a face mask or cloth covering in public. The global shortage means that medical-grade face masks need to be prioritized for health care workers and those experiencing symptoms, but even a handkerchief, shirt, or scarf can reduce virus spread by over 50%.