COVID-19: Keeping Your Home Safe

Overview

You're probably spending a lot of time in your home these days. And that's one place where you have some control. Here are some tips that can help keep you and your home safe from COVID-19.

  • Practice prevention.
    • Wash your hands well and often. Scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you go out, wash your hands as soon as you return home. If you can't use soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily. These include doorknobs, light switches, toilets, and sinks.
    • Avoid having visitors. If you have to have visitors, they need to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from you. And keep the visit as short as possible.
    • Increase airflow in your home if people visit. This can help reduce the amount of virus particles (droplets) that travel through the air. If you can, open some windows or doors to the outside. Use a fan to blow air away from people and out a window. Turn on exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom.
    • If anyone in your household is at high risk of infection, take extra precautions. Wash your hands well before you interact with them. Don't share personal items like towels, dishes, or glasses.
  • Be prepared.
    • Make a list of emergency contacts. This might include family, friends, neighbors, doctors, employers, teachers, and community resources.
    • Stock up on prescription medicines and other essential items.
    • Think ahead about what to do if you or a family member gets sick. Choose a room in your house to be the sickroom. If a family member gets sick, have only one person care for them. And wear masks.
  • Stay informed.

    It's important to get information that you can trust. Experts are learning more about COVID-19 every day, so things are changing quickly. These websites provide the most up-to-date information:

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cdc.gov
    • World Health Organization (WHO), who.int

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Current as of: March 26, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine