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How do I protect myself from COVID-19?

posted on Jun 3, 2021

COVID-19 can be transmitted through the air or by touching surfaces that someone has recently sneezed or coughed on and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. The best way to not get sick is to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, and wash your hands often.

Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer after touching potentially contaminated surfaces, and keeping your hands away from your face are very important in order to avoid transmission. To prevent airborne exposures, we suggest following CDC recommendations. The information below focuses on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, in accordance with CDC guidelines, while minimizing the chance of disinfectant health effects.

Using disinfectants on surfaces in your home can kill disease-causing germs (bacteria and viruses), but they may also have health risks. For example, many common disinfectants (like bleach, many disinfectant wipes) have chemicals in them that can cause or worsen asthma or harm reproductive health.