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- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
For people who are sick:
- Stay home.
- If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
- Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
- Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.
COVID-19 in Younger People:
July 23, 2020: Governor Cuomo announced the State is monitoring a significant rise in COVID-19 cases among younger people.
The weekly average COVID-19 rate among 21 to 30-year-olds has increased to 13.2 percent from 9.9 percent.
Younger New Yorkers are urged to educate themselves on the misconception of their vulnerability to COVID-19. Young people can get seriously sick and can die from the virus, and can bring it home and give it to others inadvertently.
To deliver the importance of this message, a social and PSA campaign has been launched to communicate the hard facts to young people: