About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Below are some basic recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to protect yourself from coronoavirus.
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- The use of face masks is also crucial for health works and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
The CDC has identified that people at higher risk for COVID-19 are older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. If you are at higher risk of getting very sic from COVID-19 you should:
- Stock up on supplies including extra food, medications, pet supplies, and other provisions in the home if they need to spend up to two weeks at home.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hand often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
For information regarding local outbreaks and suggestions, the Minnesota Department of Health has set up public hotline.
It is open 7 days a week from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Minnesota-specific information can also be found online at the links below.
Other reliable source for the most up to date information are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) websites.