1- Wash your hands frequently and carefully
Use warm water and soap and rub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Work the lather to your wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails. You can also use an antibacterial and antiviral soap.
Use hand sanitizer when you don’t have soap. Rewash your hands several times a day, especially after touching anything, including your phone or laptop.
2. Avoid touching your face
SARS-CoV-2 can live on some surfaces for up to 72 hours. You can get the virus on your hands if you touch a surface like:
– gas pump handle
– your cell phone
– a doorknob
Avoid touching any part of your face or head, including your mouth, nose, and eyes. Also avoid biting your fingernails. This can give SARS-CoV-2 a chance to go from your hands into your body.
3. Stop shaking hands and hugging people — for now
Similarly, avoid touching other people. Skin-to-skin contact can transmit SARS-CoV-2 from one person to another.
4. Don’t share personal items
It’s also important not to share eating utensils and straws. Teach children to recognize their reusable cup, straw, and other dishes for their own use only.
5. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze
SARS-CoV-2 is found in high amounts in the nose and mouth. This means it can be carried by air droplets to other people when you cough, sneeze, or talk. It can also land on hard surfaces and stay there for up to 3 days.
Use a tissue or sneeze into your elbow to keep your hands as clean as possible. Wash your hands carefully after you sneeze or cough, regardless.
6. Clean and disinfect surfaces
Use alcohol-based disinfectants to clean hard surfaces in your home like:
– Door handles
Also, clean your phone, laptop, and anything else you use regularly several times a day.
Disinfect areas after you bring groceries or packages into your home.
Use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solutions for general cleaning in between disinfecting surfaces.
7. Take physical (social) distancing seriously
If you’re carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it’ll be found in high amounts in your spit (sputum). This can happen even if you don’t have symptoms.
Physical (social) distancing, also means staying home and working remotely when possible.
If you must go out for necessities, keep a distance of 6 feet (2 m) from other people. You can transmit the virus by speaking to someone in close contact to you.
8. Avoid groups gatherings
Being in a group or a gathering makes it more likely that you’ll be in close contact with someone.
This includes avoiding all religious places of worship, as you may have to sit or stand too close to another congregant. It also includes not congregating at parks or beaches.
9. Avoid eating or drinking in public places
Now is not the time to go out to eat. This means avoiding restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and other eateries.
The virus can be transmitted through food, utensils, dishes, and cups. It may also be temporarily airborne from other people in the venue.
You can still get delivery or takeaway food. Choose foods that are thoroughly cooked and can be reheated.
High heat (at least 132°F/56°C, according to one recent, not-yet-peer-reviewed lab study) helps to kill coronaviruses.
This means it may be best to avoid cold foods from restaurants and all food from buffets and open salad bars.
10. Wash fresh groceries
Wash all products under running water before eating or preparing.
The CDC Trusted Source and the FDA Trusted Source do not recommend using soap, detergent, or any commercially produced wash on things like fruits and vegetables. Be sure to wash hands before and after handling these items.
11. Self-quarantine if sick
Call your doctor if you have any symptoms. Stay home until you recover. Avoid sitting, sleeping, or eating with your loved ones even if you live in the same home.
Wear a mask and wash your hands as many times as possible. If you seek urgent medical care, wear a mask and let them know you may have COVID-19.