Steps to Stay Safe

What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus.

Keeping the workplace safe

Encourage your employees to…

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay home if…

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Keeping the school safe

Encourage your faculty, staff, and students to…

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Consider rearranging large activities and gatherings

  • Consider adjusting or postponing gatherings that mix between classes and grades
  • Adjust after-school arrangements to avoid mixing between classes and grades
  • When possible, hold classes outdoors or in open, well-ventilated spaces

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay home if…

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Keeping the home safe

Encourage your family members to…

All households

  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions

  • Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system
  • Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by feeding or caring for the person
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly

Households with sick family members

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions

Keeping commercial establishments safe

Encourage your employees and customers to…

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door, and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
  • Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Avoid crowding

  • Use booking and scheduling to stagger customer flow
  • Use online transactions where possible
  • Consider limiting attendance at larger gatherings

For transportation businesses, taxis, and ride shares

  • Keep windows open when possible
  • Increase ventilation
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces