Prevention: Protect Yourself and Others

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these measures can help to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinatedCOVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. After you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can start to do some things that you had to stop doing because of the pandemic.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you don’t feel sick. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others, because the mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Everyone entering a Premier Health facility is required to wear a mask or face covering. Learn more about visitor restrictions.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds. The more people you’re in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • 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 available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Monitor your health daily. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

When You’re Sick: Prevent the Spread Of COVID-19

If you’re sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow these steps from the CDC.

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day

Travel Within the United States 

Consult these CDC recommendations on traveling during the pandemic.