Health officials recommend taking the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for avoiding colds and the flu:
- 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.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like phones, tables, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2–14 days after being exposed to the virus:
- Shortness of breath
If you have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past two weeks AND develop symptoms, call your doctor.
If you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 AND develop symptoms, call your doctor.
If you don't have a doctor or health care provider, or are uninsured, contact a federally qualified Community Health Center.
If you are planning a trip overseas, keep an eye on the news and check the CDC's Information for Travelers