Protect Your Household from COVID-19

COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact with someone who is infected. Close contact means you’ve been within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. The best way to prevent illness and death is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Fewer cases of COVID-19 means fewer deaths.

Follow this guidance to protect your household and lower the chances of catching and spreading COVID-19. 

If you’re fully vaccinated

Rhode Island Masking FAQs

Fully vaccinated means you’ve gotten all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 14 days have passed since the final dose.

  • You can go back to doing most of the things you did before the pandemic.
  • You only need to wear a mask:
  • If you’ve traveled outside of the US and US territories:
  • There’s still a chance you might get COVID-19.
    • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick.
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate at home, call your healthcare provider, and get a COVID-19 test.
    • Get treatment if you’re eligible. If you’ve tested positive, ask your doctor right away about MABS.
    • If you have a medical condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, talk to your healthcare provider about your activities. You may need to keep protecting yourself from COVID-19 by following the unvaccinated guidance below.

If you're not fully vaccinated

  • With COVID-19 variants of concern in Rhode Island, it’s even more important to wear a mask and watch your distance indoors near anyone you don't live with.
  • Outdoors, continue to wear a mask in crowded places or during activities where you are in close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated. Close contact means you’ve been within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.
  • Choose safer activities.
  • Continue to take it outside.
  • If you travel, follow RIDOH’s travel guidance.
  • Get tested every week. Sign up for a free test at portal.ri.gov.
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate at home, call your healthcare provider, and get a COVID-19 test.
    • Stay home and apart from others if you have any symptoms, if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you are in quarantine or isolation.
    • Get treatment if you're eligible. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, ask your doctor right away about MABS.
    • Remember the three Ws!
      • Wear a mask indoors that’s at least two layers thick and fits snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or carry and use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol.
      • Watch your distance by staying at least three feet apart indoors from people you don't live with.

    How will I feel after I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

    You may experience some symptoms after vaccination. This is normal and these symptoms should go away quickly.

    Wear the right mask

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    Wear a mask that protects you and your household.

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