If someone in my house has COVID-19, how can I keep from getting it?
If someone is sick with COVID-19 in your home, have them stay in one room, such as a bedroom, and away from other people. The CDC reports there is evidence the virus can be transmitted if you get within 6 feet of someone who is infectious for a total of 15 minutes throughout a day so it is important tolimit your exposure.
Avoid sharing dishes, towels, and bedding. They should use a separate bathroom if possible.
If they must be around other people, have them wear a face mask if available. It’s very important to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially if you’ve had any contact with the sick person. If hand washing isn’t immediately available, use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as that can transmit any virus on your hands into your body. Every day, clean any surface that’s frequently touched with a household disinfectant.
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