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Why is it important for me to stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak?

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The fewer people you’re around, the lower your chance of infection. When you stay home, you help stop the spread to others, too. Don’t go to crowded places. If your community is under shelter-in-place orders, follow proper guidelines for when you can leave your home. Keep a stock of supplies like food and medicine, so you can hunker down when you need to.

The main way COVID-19 spreads is from person-to-person contact. “Contact” is more than touching. When someone coughs or sneezes near you, droplets from their nose and mouth go into the air. Droplets from a person with COVID-19 have the virus in them. If you breathe the droplets in, the virus gets into your system.

To protect yourself, you should practice social distancing. This includes staying at least 6 feet away from other people.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions,” “How to Protect Yourself & Others,” “People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness,” “When and How to Wash Your Hands,” “Show Me the Science -- Why Wash Your Hands?” “Household Checklist,” “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19,” “How COVID-19 Spreads,” “Cleaning and Disinfection for Households,” “Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Top 10 Tips From Your Family Doctor.”

Harvard Medical School: “If you are at higher risk,” “Preventing the spread of the coronavirus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How to Actually Comply With the Don’t-Touch-Your-Face Advice From Health Experts.”

World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public,” “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).”

American Medical Association: “Helping private practices navigate non-essential care during COVID-19.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 23, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions,” “How to Protect Yourself & Others,” “People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness,” “When and How to Wash Your Hands,” “Show Me the Science -- Why Wash Your Hands?” “Household Checklist,” “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19,” “How COVID-19 Spreads,” “Cleaning and Disinfection for Households,” “Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Top 10 Tips From Your Family Doctor.”

Harvard Medical School: “If you are at higher risk,” “Preventing the spread of the coronavirus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How to Actually Comply With the Don’t-Touch-Your-Face Advice From Health Experts.”

World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public,” “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).”

American Medical Association: “Helping private practices navigate non-essential care during COVID-19.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 23, 2020

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