Rep Zwiener's note: The best thing you can do is stay home. Please take social distancing measures now. It will save lives.

That's why the governor has taken dramatic actions to close places where people congregate. Because it will save lives.

Learn more here about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID‑19. The best way to prevent infection is to take steps to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the steps you take to avoid the flu.

  • Wash hands with soap and water.

  • Use hand sanitizer as backup.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Avoid touching face.

  • Disinfect often touched surfaces.

  • Avoid close contact.

 

DSHS recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.

  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

This is all in addition to staying home if you can and, if you do got out, staying at least 6 feet away from others.

See the CDC website for more information on what you can do at home to prevent the spread of COVID‑19:

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For more information, contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Food and Cosmetic Information Center at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free), Monday through Friday 10 AM to 4 PM ET (except Thursdays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ET and Federal holidays). Or, visit the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/educationresourcelibrary