Stay at home. Only leave to access critical services (such as medical care) or to meet critical needs (such as to get groceries or to pick up prescriptions). If you are well and you stay home, then you cannot get exposed and you will not get ill. This effort will not only protect you and your household contacts, but it will also help to protect those most vulnerable to serious illness caused by this disease. Vulnerable populations, such as those 65+ and with underlying health conditions, should lean on their social support networks rather than leaving their homes for essential needs whenever possible.
Practice social distancing when in the community. Appropriate social distancing requires a 6 ft. distance between you and others.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay away from work and other people if you become sick with symptoms like fever and cough.
If you have mild respiratory illness, stay home until there is no fever for 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines), your symptoms have also improved for 72 hours, AND it has been at least 7 days since your symptoms first started.
For people who are well, wearing a face mask is not on the list of recommended practices to prevent infection. While they can be effective in preventing the spread of disease if worn by someone who is infected with a virus, they are not currently recommended to protect oneself from becoming sick.