The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions 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 when you are sick.
- 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.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a medical facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Medical facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of medical facemasks is also crucial for health care workers and people who are caring for patients who are ill at home or in a health care facility.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.