How can you protect yourself and others from COVID-19?
We don’t have vaccines to protect against COVID-19 yet. But you may be able to lower your risk of getting it. Try these tips:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick or have cold-like symptoms
- If you share a workstation or phone with other employees, use cleaning wipes before and after use.
The CDC has more tips on washing your hands. Doing it the right way can help protect yourself and others.
What should you do if you think you or someone else has the virus?
Most people with common COVID-19 will get better on their own. We have no treatments for the virus. But these tips can help ease the symptoms if you’re mildly sick:
- Take pain and fever medicine. Be sure to ask your pharmacist how this may affect other medicines you take. Caution: The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advise not giving aspirin to children.
- Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Stay home and rest.
Are you worried about your symptoms? Just call your health care provider. Then follow their advice. If you can’t get to the doctor:
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Does getting the flu or pneumonia shot lower your risk of getting COVID-19?
No, these shots don’t lower your risk of getting COVID-19. But we don’t have treatments for COVID-19. So, you’ll want to get shots for other lung infections, like flu, pneumonia and whooping cough. This is very important for people who have:
- Weakened immune systems
- A more serious illness
Shots help prevent illness. This lowers the burden on health care providers. And it enables them to focus on COVID-19 right now.
The CDC recommends testing for anyone:
- With symptoms of COVID-19, returning from a CDC “Level 2” or “Level 3” advisory area
- In contact with someone suspected or confirmed of having the virus within the last 14 days
Am I at risk for COVID-19 from shipped packages or products?
The risk of spreading the virus is likely very low from products or packaging:
- Shipped over a period of days or weeks
- At air temperature
This is because the virus doesn’t survive very well on surfaces.
We’re still learning about COVID-19 and how it spreads. We don’t know if this virus will act the same way as other coronaviruses, like:
These have caused severe illness in people. We can use what we’ve learned from them to guide us.
Coronaviruses spread most often through respiratory drops when people cough or sneeze. There is no proof that COVID-19 spreads with shipped goods. People haven’t linked any cases of the virus in the United States to shipped goods.
You can check the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website to stay up to date on this topic.