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How to protect yourself from Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives over the past few years. While vaccines and treatments have helped reduce the severity of illness, the virus continues to spread and evolve. Protecting yourself remains important, especially for those at higher risk for severe disease. Here are some tips on how to reduce your risk of getting or spreading Covid-19:

Get Vaccinated and Boosted

Vaccines remain the best defense against Covid-19. They help prevent infection, and make illness much less severe if you do get infected. Stay up-to-date on recommended doses. Currently, that's:

  • A primary series of a Covid vaccine

  • First booster dose

  • Second booster for those 50 and older or immunocompromised

New boosters targeting Omicron variants of the virus have recently been authorized. Get one of these updated boosters when you are eligible for maximum protection.

Wear a High-Quality Mask

Well-fitting masks like N95s or KN95s provide excellent protection against Covid-19 when worn consistently and correctly. They filter out viral particles that can infect you if inhaled. Consider masking indoors or when in close contact with others.

Improve Ventilation

The virus spreads through the air. Good ventilation and air filtration help reduce transmission indoors. Open windows, use portable air cleaners, or adjust HVAC settings to maximize fresh air flow. Upgrade filters to MERV-13 if possible.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps remove any virus that may be on your hands before you touch your face. Carry hand sanitizer for times you don't have access to soap and water.

Stay Home When Sick

If you feel unwell or have symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose, stay home and isolate from others in your household. This prevents spreading infection. Follow CDC guidelines on ending isolation once symptoms improve.

Following these basic precautions can significantly lower your chances of getting or spreading Covid-19. Stay vigilant, be prepared to adjust measures if cases rise in your community, and stay up-to-date on public health recommendations. With smart prevention habits, we can responsibly live our lives while protecting ourselves and vulnerable populations.



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