Prevention Tips


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Learn more about specific guidance for travelers.

How to Wash Your Hands Properly: 

  1. Wet your hands 
  2. Use soap 
  3. Later and scrub for 20 seconds 
  4. Rinse for 10 seconds 
  5. Dry your hands 
  6. Turnoff tap

Don’t forget to wash: 

  • Between your fingers
  • Under your nails
  • The tops of your hands

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

how to wash your hands properly: 1. wet your hand 2. use soap 3. later and scrub 20 seconds 4. rinse