Preparing for COVID-19 as an individual
Individuals can prepare for outbreaks of COVID-19 by regularly monitoring information distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Common-sense preventative measures are highly recommended, including:
- Washing your hands often, with soap, for 20 seconds
- Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Not touching your face—especially your eyes, nose, or mouth—with unwashed hands
- Monitoring your health
- Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
- Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with tissues
- Cleaning high-touch areas of your home and workspace frequently
- Limiting close contact with others as much as possible (at least six feet)
To avoid traveling to highly trafficked spaces, like grocery stores and pharmacies, during an outbreak, you might consider stocking a few additional supplies in your home if possible. These supplies include shelf-stable foods; medications, including prescriptions, cold medications, and aspirin; paper towels and other dry goods; and disinfectants.
For more information on how to prepare for a potential COVID-19 outbreak in your community, visit the CDC’s website.