CDC: COVID-19 Resources for Home [web resource]
Get your household ready for COVID-19. As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers concrete steps to help households prepare and respond to COVID-19.
Stay informed and in touch
- Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
- Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
- Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
Prepare for possible illness
- Consider members of the household who may have an increased risk for severe illness.
- Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
Those at higher risk for severe illness
- Take additional precautions for those at higher risk for severe illness, particularly older adults and those of any age who have severe underlying health conditions.
Take everyday preventive actions
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.
- 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.
- Wear a mask when you go out in public.
- Masks 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.
- More on how to protect yourself
Use the links below to navigate to the guidance in the following areas:
Get Your Home Ready: Top-line overview of the steps to take before, during, and after an outbreak
Checklist to Get Ready: As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak.
FAQs for Individuals and Families: Answers to questions about COVID-19 preparations at home, at work, and in the community
Disinfecting your home if someone is sick: As part of your everyday prevention actions clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
What To Do if You Are Sick: steps to help protect other people in your home and community.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Household Checklist, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/checklist-household-ready.html | public domain. Updated February 16, 2021
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