To stop the spread of germs and protect yourself and others from infectious diseases such as the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the following healthy habits:
- Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance, greater than six feet if possible, from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent the spreading of your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing then throw the tissue promptly away. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
- Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Most people unknowingly touch their face more than 70 times a day! Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Disease can enter our bodies through the mouth, nose and eyes. Do not raise your hands above your neck and wash your hands with soap and water (while singing the Happy Birthday song twice before drying your hands). When handwashing is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers liberally.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
Coronavirus droplets are demonstrating viability on surfaces for many hours.
- Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Currently, MAXIMUS operates CDC-INFO, the CDC’s national citizen engagement center. MAXIMUS has received thousands of calls and emails daily related to the Coronavirus and will continue to provide citizens with the most current and accurate information available. For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the CDC.
If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.