COVID-19 General Guidance
Practice Everyday Preventive Actions
Practice and remind others of the importance of using everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. Yes, these are simple strategies, and they work:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in a lined trash container.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Germs spread this way.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using regular household detergent and water.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and 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. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
- Get an annual flu shot and future vaccines that are developed to fight new communicable illnesses.
Know Your COVID-19 Community Level
COVID-19 by County | CDC
CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View
CDC COVID Data Tracker: Home
Isolation and Exposure
- Isolate and Take Precautions if you have or suspect you have COVID-19 – CDC
- LLHD Fact Sheet on Isolation and Exposure
- Stay Up to Date on COVID Vaccines
Schools and Child Care Program Guidance
- CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care
- Connecticut Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools and Child Care
- Everyone 6 months and up is encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about COVID vaccines here.
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- How You Can Plan and Prepare for Emergencies
- 2-1-1 Connecticut: Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance.
- YNHH: Yale New Haven Health
- CTDPH: Connecticut Department of Public Health
- CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
- NIH – National Institute of Health