How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Protecting Yourself and Others

  • Get Vaccinated: All COVID-19 vaccines in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, and even more effective at preventing severe/critical disease and death. 
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth in shared spaces, in public, and when having contact with people from outside of your household
  • Physically Distance: Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household, even when wearing a mask
  • Practice good hand hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content: 
    • Before and after handling your mask or touching your face
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • After using the bathroom
    • After touching shared surfaces
    • After blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing
    • After changing a diaper
    • After handling animals or animal products
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing/sneezing into your elbow or your mask, Do NOT remove a mask to cough or sneeze
  • Self-quarantine and get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 Include, but are not limited to: 
      • Fever and/or Chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
    • Seek Immediate Medical Care if You are Experiencing any Of the Following Symptoms: 

      • Trouble breathing
      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
      • New confusion
      • Inability to wake or stay awake
      • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
      • Any other severe or potentially life-threating symptoms
    • See What to Do If You Are Sick or Exposed for more information
  • Follow Self quarantine guidelines if you are exposed to someone with probable or confirmed COVID-19
    •  Contacts  prior to symptom onset or a positive test may result in transmission. If you interacted with someone in the days before they test positive or show symptoms of COVID-19, please follow guidelines 
    • See What to Do If You Are Sick or Exposed for more information
    • If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to quarantine or get tested, unless you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19

CDC Information

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html#:~:text=%E2%80%A2%20Inside%20your%20home%3A,live%20in%20your%20household.

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COVID Alert CT App

The COVID Alert CT app is an effective way to be notified on your device when you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

People can report their COVID positive status on the app in a confidential and anonymous manner.  No names or any other identifying information is released.  

Download the app here

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