Protect Your Home from COVID-19
COVID-19 can spread anywhere – even places where you feel safe, like your home. If one person in your household gets COVID-19, it can spread to others in your home. If your household includes one or more people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, then all household members should act as if they are more likely to get very sick. Consider wearing masks in shared spaces around others in your home. In shared spaces, stay about 2 arm lengths apart, wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and monitor your health daily.
How to Select and Use Hand Sanitizer
To prevent the spread of germs, including COVID-19, CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible. But if soap and water are not readily available, using a hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the sanitizer before it’s dry, or it may not work as well. Do not use alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean surfaces, and do not store alcohol-based hand sanitizer above 105°F (for example, it should not be stored in a car during the summer months).
Considerations for Who Should Get Tested
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. If you do get tested, you should stay at home while you wait for your test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or a public health professional. People who have symptoms of COVID-19, people who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, and people who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, or local or state health department, should be tested for COVID-19.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
As of November 30, 2020
In the United States, there have been 13,295,605 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.