Protect Yourself and Others from Getting COVID-19

Nurse giving COVID-19 vaccine to senior woman wearing protective face mask, at home.


Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, including recommended boosters

  • COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • These vaccines are safe, effective, and free.

Those 50 Years or Older Should Take Prevention Actions

If you are aged 50 years or older, you should take other prevention actions as well, especially if you have a medical condition that makes you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 OR if you live in a place with high COVID-19 community levels.

  • Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (N95).
  • Get treatment early if you have COVID-19. Treatment must be started within a few days after you first develop symptoms to be effective.
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if they don’t feel sick.

Other things you can do you to protect yourself and others

  • Improve ventilation in indoor air (like moving air into, out of, or within a room).
  • Get tested if needed.
  • Follow recommendations for what to do if you have been exposed.
  • Stay home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Increase space and distance from others.

See CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others for more information on each of these prevention actions.

If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.

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