Quarantine and Social Distancing

What they mean and what the CDC recommends to keep yourself and others safe.

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How to Protect Yourself and Others

Guidelines from the CDC on how to protect yourself.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness?

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You 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. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Quarantine - Stay home except to get medical care

    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
    • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

    Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
      • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

    Clean your hands often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Social Distancing - Avoid close contact

    Clean and disinfect

    To disinfect:
    Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

    Options include:

      • Diluting your household bleach.
        To make a bleach solution, mix:
        • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
          OR
        • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

        Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

      • Alcohol solutions.
        Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
      • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
        Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

    Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

    Guidelines from the CDC on how to protect yourself.

    Stay home except to get medical care

    • Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
    • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
    • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

    Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home, this is known as home isolation

    • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people and pets in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

    Call ahead before visiting your doctor

    • Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
    • If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

    If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth

    • You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people even at home).

    Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to improvise a cloth face covering using a scarf or bandana.

    Cover your coughs and sneezes

    • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
    • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Clean your hands often

    • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
    • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Avoid sharing personal household items

    • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
    • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

    Clean and disinfect

    To disinfect:
    Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

    Options include:

      • Diluting your household bleach.
        To make a bleach solution, mix:
        • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
          OR
        • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

        Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

      • Alcohol solutions.
        Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
      • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
        Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

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    Quarantine - Stay home except to get medical care

      • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
      • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
      • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
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