Prevention: Protect Yourself and Others

What can I do to prepare?

There are some steps you can take to prepare your family for COVID-19. Here is a checklist from the Ohio Department of Health to help you prepare. 

How can I protect myself?

The best ways to protect yourself are by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

If you are sick, stay at home, avoid contact with others, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people, especially if you are at higher risk of getting very sick. 

Should I wear a face mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently changed its recommendation regarding the use of face coverings for the general public. The CDC currently recommends non-medical, cloth face coverings for the general public when in public places where social distancing is difficult to maintain – especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

Cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders. 

Before using face coverings, please visit the CDC website for more information, including instances when they are not safe for use.

How should I prepare my home?

Should I travel within the US?

The CDC has provided things to consider to help you decide whether or not it’s safe for you to travel.