- Licensed COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
- You should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- After completing the vaccination, you can resume some of the activities that you stopped doing because of the pandemic.
Wear a mask
If you did not receive the full vaccine and you are 2 years of age or older, you should wear a mask in closed public spaces.
In general, you don’t need to wear a mask outdoors.
In areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases In areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
People with a medical condition or taking medications that weaken the immune system may not be fully protected, even if they have the full vaccine. They should continue to take all recommended precautions for unvaccinated people, such as wearing a mask that fits well to the face, until their healthcare provider tells them otherwise.
If you are fully vaccinated, for maximum protection against the delta variant and to avoid spreading it to others, wear a mask in public if you are indoors in areas with substantial or high transmission.
If you are fully vaccinated, see After Receiving the Full Vaccine.
Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose is mandatory on airplanes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling to, within, or outside of the United States, and in closed transportation hubs such as airports and US stations. USA. It is not mandatory for travelers to wear a mask in open areas of the means of transport (such as covered outdoor areas on a ferry or the second floor of a bus without a roof).
Avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
- Being in crowded spaces like restaurants, bars, gyms, or movie theaters increases your risk of COVID-19.
- If possible, avoid closed spaces where there is no circulation of fresh air from outside.
- If you are indoors, open doors and windows to let in fresh air, if possible.
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you’ve been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
It is extremely important that you wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After going to the bathroom
- After leaving public places
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your mask
- After changing diapers
- After caring for a sick person
- After touching animals or pets
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover the entire surface of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without first washing your hands.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
If you have a mask on: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
If you are not wearing a mask:
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or do so on the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw away used tissues in the trash.
Wash your hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
Clean high-touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, door handles, light switches, countertops, railings, desks, telephones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, and dishwashers.
If someone is sick or tests positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Use an EPA List N household disinfectant product: Coronavirus Disinfectants (COVID-19) external icon following the manufacturer’s instructions on the label.
If surfaces are dirty, clean with detergent or soap and water before disinfecting.
Monitor your health every day
Watch for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
It is extremely important if you must run essential errands, go to the office or workplace, and in environments where it may be difficult to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
Check your temperature if you have symptoms.
Do not check your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, such as acetaminophen.
Follow your doctor’s guidance if you have symptoms.