Know How it Spreads
- The virus can spread from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
- There is currently no vaccine or cure to prevent COVID-19
Tips on Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 & Protecting Yourself
Wash Your Hands Often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Maintain a safe separation of at least 6 feet from others not in your household
- Cancel in-person social gatherings, even those with just a few people
- Refrain from shaking hands, high fives, and hugs
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Limit unnecessary travel
Clean & Disinfect
This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks
Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes
Throw tissues away and clean your hands afterward
Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick
- In accordance with Gov. Baker's Order, everyone must wear a cloth face cover when they enter any grocery store, pharmacy, or retail location. Additionally, everyone must wear a cloth face cover when they are outdoors and physical distancing cannot be continuously maintained.
- Exceptions to this order include young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, has a medical condition preventing them from wearing one, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
- Do not use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for physical distancing
- For more information about how to wear, clean, and make cloth face coverings.