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Protecting Yourself and Others from COVID-19 (coronavirus)

What are some effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The following are effective practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19:

How can I prevent getting the COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

Visit the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19 (coronavirus). For now, the best defense is to follow some of the same steps you would take to prevent getting other viruses, such as the common cold or the flu.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, and/or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

UTRGV School of Medicine working together with DHR to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus)

As our Rio Grande Valley community is combating the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), on behalf of our School of Medicine, together with DHR we would like to provide you and your family with some words of encouragement during these uncertain times.