Do's and don'ts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Don't forget to clean that keyboard!

Reviewed 5/27/2020

Do's & don'ts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is making news around the world. Every day brings new details about the number of people infected and where the virus is spreading.

Although information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly, some basic do's and don'ts about the virus remain the same.


Know the symptoms. You may have COVID-19 if you have:

  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fever.
  • Chills.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Sore throat.
  • New loss of taste or smell.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, countertops, desks, phones and keyboards.
  • Call your health care provider if you have symptoms. Let them know you may have the virus.
  • Wear a cloth face mask in public.


  • Touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Spend time with people who are sick.
  • Go out in public if you're sick unless it's to get medical care.
  • Share household items, like dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels or bedding, with other people if you're sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates its information about COVID-19 daily.

Stay informed

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.