The 3 C's:
Clean: Clean your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizing gel when water is not available.
Cover: Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or elbow.
Contain: Contain germs by staying home with ill. Don't go to school, work, shopping, or other outside activities while you are sick.
Residents should prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine. This includes making a plan and discussing it with your family. Some questions to consider when planning are: What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your day care provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill?
If you are sick: You should not leave you home for the first 5 days, even if you are asymptomatic or even mildly ill, except to seek medical care, and should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. You should wear a facemask on days 6-10 of your illness around others.
If you are NOT sick: Studies have indicated that some people with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms, and that even those who later develop symptoms can pass the virus to others before showing symptoms. Because of this evidence, wearing well-fitting facemasks in public places where social distancing measures are difficult (like grocery stores and pharmacies) should be done to help further slow the spread of COVID-19. Disposable facemasks, KN95 respirators, or N95respirators may be worn depending on the activities you need to perform, and cloth facemasks may be worn if these are not available. Of these options, N95 and KN95 respirators provide the most protection, if worn correctly, and cloth facemasks provide the least protection. You should avoid touching or adjusting your facemask while in public, and clean your hands immediately if you do have to touch it. Dispose of the respirator or disposable facemask, or launder the cloth facemask after each use and when it is visibly soiled. Current guidance states that facemasks should be worn during High and Substantial community transmission. However, keep in mind that wearing a facemask is not a substitution for following social distancing guidelines. Additionally, the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated. Please visit the CDC website if you have questions about vaccination.
The safest thing to do is to stay home, but if you do decide to travel, testing can help you do so more safely. You and your travel companions may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others in busy travel environments like in airports, and bus and train stations. You can also spread it to family, friends, and your community after travel. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but it can help make travel safer. If you have traveled internationally to a country at a Level 2 or higher travel health notice you should stay home after returning from travel. The CDC updates travel guidance and travel health notices regularly, so check here for the most up-to-date information.
Check the CDC website for international travel information updates:
COVID-19 virus is present in all states across the US. The safest thing to do is to stay home, but if you do decide to travel, testing can help you do so more safely. You and your travel companions may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others in busy travel environments like in airports, and bus and train stations. You can also spread it to family, friends, and your community after travel. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but it can help make travel safer.
Check the CDC website for domestic travel information updates:
If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you need to show the positive test result, plus a letter from a healthcare provider or public health professional stating that you have recovered and are cleared to leave isolation. These two documents are referred to as “documentation of recovery.” You do not need to get tested again during that time period. For further information regarding testing and travel, check the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html