The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of an elbow or tissue, and maintain at least 6 feet from people who are coughing or sneezing.
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide these tips to take care of your health and protect others:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using hand sanitizer (containing at least 60 percent alcohol) kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which can spread germs. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu, and COVID-19.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your residence and workspace. Remember to clean doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, and phones.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by Carthage staff, your health care provider, or national and local public health authorities on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- Stay updated on CDC travel guidelines. Students, faculty, and staff with their own plans for domestic or international travel are encouraged to check the CDC’s Information for Travel webpage before doing so.