How can I best reduce my risk of being exposed to or spreading COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, and best way to reduce your risk is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure include:

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Monitoring your daily health for symptoms, such as your temperature.  
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that you frequently touch.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue afterward and wash your hands.
  • Staying home when sick.

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn more about protecting yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.


Last Modified: 
March 15, 2020