Everyday Preventive Actions to Help Limit the Spread of Respiratory Diseases, including Coronavirus

Although there is no vaccine currently available to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there are preventive measures that should be followed. The Center for Disease Control issued these guidelines to help limit the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • 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 you are elderly or have a serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Limiting unnecessary contact with others is recommended.

CDC has updated the recommendation that all people should cover mouth and nose with a face mask when in public, such as when grocery shopping.  Even if you do not feel sick, wearing a face mask may help prevent the spread of the disease.

For current COVID-19 updates please visit:

NJ Department of Health – https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml

Center for Disease Control –  CDC.gov

World Health Organization  – WHO.int