The COVID-19 virus is spread from person to person, especially through people who are in close contact with each other. The main way the virus spreads is through respiratory droplets (from coughing, sneezing, or talking) that come from an infected person. The droplets make their way from the infected person into the mouths and noses of nearby people. Some times infected persons show no symptoms of having COVID-19.

Here are recommendations from the Center for Disease Control on how you can help protect yourself from the COVID-19:

Clean Hands Often—We already know that hand washing is important, but it is now even more important. If you’re able to, wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have that option, use a hand sanitizer that is made of at least 60% alcohol. Rub together until your hands are dry. Also avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact— If you have to be around other people, try staying at least six feet away from them. Also avoid contact with people who are at a higher risk of getting sick, such as the elderly and those who are immune compromised.

Cover Your Mouth & Nose When Around Others— If you are around others, try using a face cover such as a bandanna or another cloth substitute. Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes—This applies even when there is not a global pandemic going on. ALWAYS cover your mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing. Remember to throw used tissues in the trash. After disposing of your tissue, wash your hands immediately with soap and water, or scrub with hand sanitizer.

Clean & Disinfect— Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily! There are many household disinfectants readily available to the public. If you are unable to access those, you can make your own by mixing 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. If using a product with alcohol in it, make sure that the solution contains at least 70% alcohol.

As the CDC guidelines change, we will continue to update everyone to ensure that we are taking all necessary precautions to stay safe.