Coronavirus Prevention

How do I protect myself from COVID-19?

It's important that everyone follow these preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Keep away from crowded areas if COVID-19 is spreading in your area
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inside your elbow (wash afterwards)
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick, or if your healthcare team says you should
  • Clean and disinfect when you can

Please note that if you are on dialysis, you should not miss your treatments. Contact your clinic if you feel sick or have any questions or concerns.

Find more information on COVID-19 prevention at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What is social distancing and why does it matter for COVID-19?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Therefore, the purpose of social distancing is to reduce the speed and extent of how the virus spreads in a certain area.

The CDC defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”

Find more information on COVID-19 and social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Learn more on how COVID-19 spreads from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Why must I self isolate or self quarantine?

Self-isolation or self-quarantine generally means that people who are believed to have been infected, or exposed to the virus, separate themselves, usually by staying at home and avoiding contact with others.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Therefore, the purpose of self-isolation or self-quarantine is to reduce the speed and extent of how the virus spreads in a certain area.

The CDC defines isolation as “the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.”

The CDC defines quarantine as “the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.”

If someone needs medical attention and is infected, they will need to be treated in an isolated setting within a hospital.

Find more information on isolation and quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).