COVID-19 Prevention and Protection
Isolation and Quarantine
If you tested positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms, follow the isolation and quarantine guidance to reduce the spread of the virus.
If you or someone in your home has tested positive, has symptoms, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the Home Care Advice for COVID-19, available in English or Spanish, to help protect yourself and the people around you.
CDC has released masking recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated in response to the variants of COVID-19 that are currently circulating in the U.S. The new guidance includes:
- If you are up to date on all three doses of the vaccine you should feel comfortable living life as normal.
- A recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
Everyday Preventive Actions
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
Emotional health can be as important as physical health. Here are some positive steps you can take to support your or a loved ones' emotional health:
- Choose activities that relax you, such as breathing deeply; listening to music; enjoying sports, hobbies, or reading
- Move your body/exercise, eat healthy foods, and get enough sleep
- Check-in with your friends, co-workers, and family
- Take breaks from the news and social media.
- Develop a COVID-19 emergency kit so that you will have the supplies you need if you or a loved one gets ill.
- Contact the free and confidential Disaster Distress Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. at 1-800-985-5990, press 2 or text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746; En Español: "Hablanos" to 66746
Learn more about how to be ready for many types of emergencies by reviewing CDC’s resources on emergency preparedness and response.