COVID-19 Prevention

Respiratory Virus Guidance Snapshot

Core Prevention Strategies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people use core prevention strategies to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Additional Prevention Strategies

You can choose from these additional prevention strategies to further protect yourself and others:

Key Times for Prevention

All of the prevention strategies described above can help reduce risk. They are especially helpful when:

  • Respiratory viruses are causing a lot of illness in your community.
  • You or the people around you were recently exposed to a respiratory virus, are sick, or are recovering.
  • You or the people around you have risk factors for severe illness.
  • You may not be aware of the things that can make others more vulnerable to serious illness. Using the core prevention strategies will provide some protection no matter what. If you are unsure about the health condition or risk status of those around you, the most protective option is choosing to use additional prevention strategies, like masking, physical distancing, and testing.