How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
Basic, everyday habits go a long way to protecting yourself from viruses.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- CDC guidance for individuals and homes
- CDC guidance on use of non-pharmaceutical interventions in pandemics
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC has additional tips for individuals, families, and households.
Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States?
- Currently, risk to the public in Yuma County is low.
- This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.
- Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date national information.
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
- If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from affected areas, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel. Your healthcare provider can review your symptoms, and may order testing for a variety of respiratory illnesses, which may include COVID-19 if established testing criteria is met.
- Testing can now be completed through some commercial laboratories, and requires an order by your provider.
- Individuals who are being monitored by public health will be given specific recommendations to seek care for testing for COVID-19, if needed.
What if I recently traveled to areas with community spread and got sick?
- If you were in areas with widespread COVID-19 infections and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left the country, you should contact a healthcare provider.
- Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask BEFORE you enter the healthcare facility for medical evaluation.
- Avoid contact with others while sick.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.