• Wash your hands
    • Wash frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with a minimum of %60   alcohol
    • Clean hands at door 
    • Wash for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday 2x)
    • Follow the guide to wash more thoroughly
    • Keep a safe distance from others
      • Maintain a distance of 6 ft (the height of a door)
      • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, kissing…,ect. (Especially with those that are sick!)
    • Clean high traffic surfaces like handrails, elevator buttons, door knobs, ect. with disinfectants. (Remember to wash your hands after you clean or touch these surfaces)
      • For a guide on how to clean and disinfect click here
    • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face.

    Zachary Sikora, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital in Huntley, Illinois, offered the following tips to avoid touching your face during the coronavirus outbreak.

      • Be mindful about your intention to keep your hands away from your face. Just a brief pause can help you be more aware of what you’re doing with your hands.
      • Place reminders like Post-it notes in your home or office so you can see them and remember you want to keep your hands away from your face.
      • Keep your hands busy. If you’re at home watching TV, try folding laundry, sort through mail, or hold something in your hands.Even a tissue will do, as long as it reminds you to keep your hands away from your face.
      • Use a scented hand sanitizer or a scented hand soap to help remind yourself to keep hands away from your face. The smell will draw your attention to the location of your hands.
      • If you’re in a meeting or sitting in a class lace your fingers together and place them in your lap.
      • Finally, if you know you habitually touch your face, wearing gloves can be an effective physical reminder. You can wear gloves when you’re out in public and most likely to be exposed by touching surfaces that have the virus. Then remove them when you get to your destination. It may be unusual, but wearing gloves at home can also help you break the habit of touching your face.
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
      • Home ventilation is important to maintain comfort, health, and indoor air quality in the home. Without proper ventilation, air in the home becomes stagnant, contaminants exist at higher concentrations, and moisture levels can rise, leading to mold and other issues.

If you get sick help prevent others from getting sick

  • Stay home if you’re sick
    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Staying home helps prevent the spread to others.
    • Set up a bedroom separate from others in your household 
    • Pick a room with it’s own bathroom. 
    • Have one family member designated as the caregiver.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.