How to Protect Myself and Others

How to limit the spread

  • Practice social distancing and avoid being within 6 feet of people, especially those that are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched objects and surfaces such as door knobs, light switches and cell phones.
  • Avoid touching your face; especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue. If you use a tissue, throw it away in the trash.
  • Stay at home when you are sick or have symptoms of illness such as fever, cough and sore throat.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, first contact your medical provider by phone or call the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District at 325-692-5600 for screening and further instruction.  Please do not arrive at a medical facility or hospital without first making contact by phone and receiving instruction.  

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms

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