Viruses that cause illness can spread from infected people to others through the air and close personal contact. This can happen when you shake hands with someone who has a cold, or touch a surface, like a doorknob, that has respiratory viruses on it, then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.

You can help reduce your risks by practicing social distancing and taking the following steps:

  • Keep 6 feet away from others.
  • Don't shake hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If unable, use alcohol sanitizer wipes or lotions.
  • Don't touch your face, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • When sneezing or coughing, use the crook of your elbow. Tissues are also okay.
  • Don't share water bottles, food, towels, utensils, etc.
  • Frequently clean touched surfaces with household disinfectant. Leave slightly wet and allow to air dry for best disinfection.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Respectfully, stay away from sick people.
  • Avoid going to large public venues, such as theaters or sporting events.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of  sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, and food courts. Use drive-through, pick-up, or delivery options.