How can I protect myself and my family?

As with any respiratory virus, you can protect yourself and others by taking everyday common-sense actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

Remember that it is also flu season and the Florida Department of Health recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

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1. What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
2. What are the symptoms?
3. How does it spread?
4. How is it treated?
5. How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
6. How can I protect myself and my family?
7. Do I need to wear a mask?
8. What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?
9. What if I recently traveled to China?
10. What should I do if I think that I (or someone in my family) might have COVID-19?
11. What is the Florida Department of Health Doing to address COVID-19?
12. Who do I call if I have question about COVID-19?
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