DIY face masks
The CDC recommends that everyone wear a face covering when in public or around sick people. Click here for the CDC's guidelines for creating your own face covering that meets their safety guidelines.
Do not place a face covering on anyone under 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unable to remove the mask on their own.
Properly cleaning and sanitizing
The CDC recommends that everyone routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces may include but are not limited to: doorknobs, light switches, counters, desks, rails, keyboards, remote controls, phones, bathroom fixtures, hard-backed chairs, etc.
Cleaning: removing dirt and visible debris from a surface, thus reducing the amount of germs on the surface and lowering the chance of infection.
Disinfecting: using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces, further lowering the chance of infection.
Click here for the CDC's guidelines for properly cleaning and disinfecting different types of surfaces in your home.
Taking care of your mental health
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of physical health, whether there is an ongoing pandemic or not. It is especially important, however, during such a stressful and confusing time as this. Reducing stressors, taking care of your physical health, and getting enough rest are key parts of maintaining your mental health. Click here for more information about who is at risk of responding more strongly to this crisis, how to take care of yourself, and what to do if you are feeling especially stressed or upset or need additional mental health assistance.
Spreading information and identifying false rumors
Rumors can be damaging in any circumstance, but especially during a pandemic when accurate information is crucial for keeping people safe. Online resources, social media, and word-of-mouth accounts often spread misinformation that can lead people to believe false things and potentially put them in danger. To keep everyone safe, make sure that anything you see about COVID-19 is backed by fact instead of rumor to ensure that people know how to keep themselves safe and can stay well-informed. If you hear something, check it out for yourself before spreading it. The CDC, government resources, legal documents, scientific documents and research, and higher education resources are all reliable resources, so if you hear something in a conversation or see something on the news or social media, look at information from these sources to make sure that what you heard or saw is accurate. Click here for some quick facts about COVID-19 from the CDC that can help you spread accurate information and spot false rumors.