As COVID-19 ravages community after community, leaving a trail of death and sickness in its wake, millions of people have one simple question: How do I protect myself and those I love?

While much is still being learned about this new and unusual virus, there are a handful of precautions that experts have consistently recommended from the beginning. By faithfully following these steps, you’ll minimize your chances of contracting coronavirus or passing it to others (even if you’re asymptomatic).

Wash your hands

This is one of the simplest ways to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 (or any other contagious sickness). So, get into the habit of washing your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. And if you’re unable to wash your hands, a good hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol is the next best thing.

Keep your distance

When you remain at least six feet away from others, you’ll drastically decrease the possibility of contracting or passing the novel coronavirus.

Wear a mask

If you need to go out in public, always wear a mask. This is particularly important if you’re in a situation where you must be in close contact with someone else. By wearing a mask, you’ll lower your odds of passing COVID-19 to anyone else whether you have symptoms or not. And if everyone will wear a mask, its ability to spread will be majorly hindered.

Although these seem like simple actions, they have the potential to save lives and put a stop to COVID-19’s spread. So, if you’re looking to protect yourself and those around you from coronavirus, remember: wash your hands, keep your distance, and always wear a mask.

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