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Slowing the Spread: Prevention and Symptons


Health officials recommend taking the following precautions for COVID-19, most are the same as you would for avoiding colds and the flu:
  • Wear a face covering while in public and when you are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance.
  • 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.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Social Distance (6 feet)from others outside your household.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who 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:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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 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.