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The CDC Says This is Proven to Stop COVID

Simple steps you can take to stay healthy.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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COVID-19 is still hobbling many areas of the country, but you have the power to stem the spread. It just takes a few simple actions, performed consistently, as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says in its recommendations. "Older adults and people who have certain underlying conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 illness," but anyone—at any age—can get sick and have their lives ruined, or end. Here's what the experts at the CDC advise to shield yourself and those around you from coronavirus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

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Wear a Face Mask

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"Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don't live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain," the CDC says.

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Practice Social Distancing

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Remember that people who don't have symptoms can still spread COVID. Outside your home, the CDC recommends keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household. At home, if anyone is sick, have them keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and other family members. 

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Avoid Crowds

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Being in congregate settings "like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters put you at higher risk for COVID-19," the CDC says.

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Wash Your Hands

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"Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing," the CDC advises. If you're not near soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Cover Coughs and Sneezes

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Always cough or sneeze into a tissue, or cover your nose and mouth with the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer, immediately afterward.

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Clean Surfaces

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The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. "This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks," the agency says.

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How to Survive This Pandemic

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It bears repeating: Do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place. Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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