Prevention

WCJC recommends you visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for information on steps to prevent illness, symptoms, and what to do if you are sick at www.cdc.gov

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Staying home when you are sick.

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Following the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.  Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.  The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

People who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are exhibiting symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

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