Covid-19 Prevention and Mitigation

COVID-19 Prevention

Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free! After you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

Personal mitigation practices for COVID-19

Physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, and cleaning are four of the main ways that people can protect themselves and those around them.

Physical distancing

  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from individuals outside your household.

Masking

  • Wear masks in public indoor settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Plan for outdoor gatherings whenever possible, as this can facilitate physical distancing and increase ventilation.

Hand hygiene

  • Scrub hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them completely by air or by using single-use hand towels or paper towels.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a disposable tissue and then clean your hands immediately.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces at least once a day and more often based on level of use. 
  • Disinfecting kills any remaining germs on surfaces and reduces the spread of germs.
  • Disinfect your home when someone is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours.

Ventilation

  • Open windows or doors to increase ventilation, if feasible.
  • CDC recommends improvements to building ventilation, to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure.
  • Avoid using a fan without the window or door open, as this may spread contaminated droplets to other occupants or areas where respiratory droplets would not reach on their own.