Getting tested for COVID-19 is an important step in preventing infection. To further reduce your risk, it is best to limit contact with other people and stay away from crowded places. If you are in an area with shelter orders, follow the guidelines for when you can leave. If you start to experience mild symptoms such as a runny nose and headache, stay home for 5 full days until you feel better and wear a mask for 5 more days.
It is also important to get tested as soon as possible if you have any symptoms. When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth with the crease of your elbow to protect yourself and others from germs. Wash clothes and other washable materials as usual to disinfect them. If you are washing clothes or bed linen for someone who is sick, use gloves to handle them and wash your hands afterwards.
Avoid shaking dirty clothes and sheets before washing them to prevent germs from spreading to the air. Visit the CDC website for guidelines on how to wash your hands properly and use hand sanitizer. Watching our video below on how soap kills coronavirus can also help you understand the science behind this basic habit.