NEW YORK — Nearly two years after the coronavirus was first officially identified in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a concern for many Americans.
Below are some of the basic precautions you can take to stay healthy and protect yourself and others from sicknesses like COVID and the flu.
- Click here for the latest news on COVID.
- Click here for more information about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The New York State COVID-19 hotline is 1-888-364-3065
- COVID information and updates are also posted on the NYS Health Department website.
- The New Jersey State COVID hotline is 1-800-222-1222. If you’re using an out-of-state phone line, call 1-800-962-1253.
- COVID information and updates are also posted on the NJS Health Department website.
Steps you can take to stay healthy and protect others:
Tips for coronavirus prevention:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- A distance of 6 feet can protect you from droplet transmission via coughs and sneezes, according to the CDC.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Immediately wash or sanitize your hands afterward.
COVID cleaning tips:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you can’t wash your hands.
- Clean high-tough surfaces often at home, including doorknobs, light switches, counters, tables and faucets. Don’t forget to clean your phone and tablets, too.
The right way to wash your hands:
According to the CDC, there is a right way to wash your hands. This is how it should be done, according to their hand-washing website:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.