Monday, August 29, 2022

How to Protect Yourself and Others

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
August 29, 2022
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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How to Protect Yourself and Others


There are many ways your actions can help protect you, your household, and your community from severe illness from COVID-19. CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels provide information about the amount of severe illness in the community where you are located to help you decide when to take action to protect yourself and others.

In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing, CDC recommends some prevention actions at all COVID-19 Community Levels, which include:
  • Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Improving ventilation
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if needed
  • Following recommendations for what to do if you have been exposed
  • Staying home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19
  • Seeking treatment if you have COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting very sick
  • Avoiding contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19

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Factors That Affect Your Risk of Getting Very Sick from COVID-19


Vaccination, past infection, or timely access to testing and treatment can help protect you from getting very sick if you get COVID-19. However, some people are more likely than others to get very sick if they get COVID-19. This includes:

Understanding your COVID-19 risk and the risks that might affect others can help you make decisions to protect yourself and others.


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Improving Ventilation in Your Home


Improving ventilation can help you reduce virus particles in your home and keep COVID-19 from spreading. Ventilate your home by getting fresh air into your home, filtering the air that is there, and improving air flow.


You may or may not know if someone in your home or if a visitor to your home has COVID-19 or other respiratory viruses. Good ventilation, along with other preventive actions, can help prevent you and others from getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.


Interactive Ventilation Tool

Use this tool to learn how you can decrease the level of COVID-19 virus particles during and after a guest visits your home.


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COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review


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COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC uses COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the disease’s impact on counties and recommend prevention measures.


CDC also tracks cases, laboratory tests, vaccinations, deaths, and other pandemic data and provides them on our COVID Data Tracker.


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