Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Social distancing is one of the best ways to avoid contracting COVID-19. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. For a description of who are considered a high risk population, click here.
1. Find local information
2. Know the signs and symptoms
3. Take steps for those at higher risk
4. Protect yourself and family
5. Create a household plan
6. Stay informed about emergency plans
For the full list visit the CDC
Maintain ongoing communication with your workgroup members, partners, and stakeholders once COVID-19 is in your local community. Coordinate COVID-19 communication activities with news media and other channels to ensure consistent messaging. If you must use technical terminology and concepts, be sure to define them and include examples to help improve understanding. For example, create messages that clearly explain COVID-19 and NPIs.
Your communication should be early, empathetic, accurate, and effective. Early communication of COVID-19 information helps limit misinformation and rumors that could contribute to confusion and fear. Empathetic communication conveys concern and reassurance, empowers people, and reduces emotional turmoil. Accurate communication provides the facts about a situation and what is being done to resolve it. Effective communication helps build understanding and guide the public, media, healthcare providers, and other groups in responding to COVID-19 and complying with public health recommendations.
Last updated June 30, 2020