There are many ways that we can prevent the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading to other people in our homes.

More about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19

If you have COVID-19 with mild symptoms, then you can stay at home while you are sick. You should not participate in any activities outside of your home (except for getting medical care). For example, do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation, such as taxis, buses, or ride-shares.

If you have COVID-19 (or think you might have COVID-19) and you are at home, then here are some tips for you to follow so that other people in your home can stay healthy and avoid the virus:

1) Stay at home.

2) Stay away from others in your home (for example, use a different bathroom and bedroom and also avoid pets).

3) Call your doctor before going in and make sure to tell them you have COVID-19.

4) Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.

5) Wear a facemask.

6) Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

7) Do not share household items (including dishes, towels, and bedding).

8) Clean surfaces in the home every day (such as tabletops, phones, keyboards, doorknobs, counters, bedside table).

9) Monitor your symptoms (for example, get checked right away if your symptoms get worse).

If you are the partner, roommate or caregiver of someone with COVID-19, then here are some tips for you to follow:

1) Keep an eye on your health.

2) Call your doctor right away if you start to experience symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

3) Help the patient follow their doctor’s instructions for medications and care.

4) Stay in another room (for example, use a different bathroom and bedroom at all times).

5) When possible, do not allow visitors into your home.

6) Make sure you have good air flow in the home (for example, open a window or turn on the air conditioner).

7) Wash your hands a lot, for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, making sure to cover all surfaces of your hands.

8) Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

9) Wear a facemask when you are in the same room as the patient.

10) Throw away your facemask and gloves whenever you touch the patient’s blood, stool, or body fluids (such as saliva, mucus, vomit, pee). Then clean your hands right away.

11) Do not share dishes, cups, plates, utensils, towels, or bedding with the patient.

12) Clean surfaces every day, including: counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, and bedside tables.

13) Wash laundry, and make sure to wear disposable gloves if you are touching any dirty items used by the patient and keep them away from your body as much as possible.

As we know, the coronavirus can spread quickly. However, there are many things that we can do within our homes to prevent the spread. The information is from the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

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