Protect Yourself and Others
Everyday Preventive Actions
- Wear a cloth mask in public.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
- Take extra precautions if you plan to attend or host a small gathering of fewer than 10 people to stay safe.
Isolation and Quarantine
Review th e isolation and quarantine fact sheet to learn about when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms to isolate yourself from contact with others; and, when you have been exposed to someone who is sick with COVID-19 symptoms, you are at risk for developing illness.
Home Care Advice for COVID-19
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, review the Home Care Advice for COVID-19 fact sheet to follow steps in helping to protect yourself and the other people around you.
Wear Cloth Masks
The Colorado Mask Campaign encourages Coloradans to wear non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essential business. Learn more about the Colorado Mask Project at coloradomaskproject.com. Read the CDC Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2
Mandatory Mask Order
- Tri-County Health Department's Public Health Order | Frequently Asked Questions
- Colorado's Executive Order | Questions & Answers
Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, both of which should be saved for health care workers and other medical first responders. Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2. Wear a cloth mask whenever going out in public.
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
- Do not touch the face covering, and, if you do, clean your hands
- Wash after using
CDC Cloth Masks Resources
- Create your own face covering in a few easy steps.
- Learn about how using masks slows the spread of COVID-19.
- Guidance on using cloth face coverings
- Keep your distance to slow the spread - Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread
Take care of your emotional health
It is important during this time to take care of your physical health, you also need to pay attention to your emotional health. You can reduce your stress by taking positive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- Take care of yourself by doing things to relax you, such as breathing deeply; listening to music; enjoying sports, hobbies or reading
- Move your body/exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep
- Check-in with your friends, co-workers, and family
- Take breaks from the news and social media. Make sure that your information only comes from reputable sources, such as the CDC and CDPHE, as well as up-to-date information on our site here at www.tchd.org/coronavirus
- Develop a COVID-19 disaster kit so that you will have the supplies you need if you or a loved one gets ill.
The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline is available for call or text 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is free and confidential. Call 1-800-985-5990 and press 2 or text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746; En Español: "Hablanos" to 66746
Take extra precautions for people at increased risk
Older adults (over age 60) and people who have underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
- Consider avoiding crowds, avoiding non-essential air travel, limiting close contact when you’re out in public, and washing your hands often.
- Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself
- Review CDC webpages to learn more about people at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 and actions you can take based on your medical conditions and other risk factors.
The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19, but if we can all follow health recommendations now, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Visit reliable sources like the CDC and CDPHE for the latest information, as well as, up-to-date information on our site here at www.tchd.org/coronavirus.