In a crowd, wear a mask.
It looks like COVID may be with us for a while, but we have the power to slow the spread. We can protect ourselves, our families, businesses, neighbors, and communities from COVID-19 through simple actions.
Vaccines and Boosters
Vaccines are safe and effective – and the best way to protect yourself and others around you. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and where you can get yours, visit our Vaccines & Boosters webpage.
Wearing a mask is an effective way to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID. You should wear a mask if you have COVID symptoms, test positive, or have exposure to someone with COVID-19. However, you may choose to wear a mask at any time.
The CDC recommends wearing a mask and other prevention measures based on your community’s COVID-19 community level, which you can check using the COVID-19 Community Levels tool. Levels can be low, medium, or high, and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
If you have COVID symptoms or think you were exposed to someone with COVID, you should get tested. You have many options for getting tested for COVID, both at home and at a public testing site.
If you are planning to gather with others, please consider testing in advance to reduce potential spread. Visit our COVID Testing webpage for more guidance.
Stay at least six feet apart from anyone who is sick. If you must take care of a friend or family member who is sick, wear a mask. Try to avoid crowded indoor spaces if you are at high risk of getting very sick.
Isolation and Quarantine
If you get COVID-19 or are exposed, it is important that you follow existing public health guidance.
- Quarantine if you were exposed. Stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Isolate if you are sick or test positive, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Please follow the latest CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine to prevent the spread of infection.
Other Simple Actions
Even if you’re vaccinated and wear a mask regularly, everyone can take some simple steps to reduce their risk of COVID infection. These include:
- Washing your hands often
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow
- Cleaning surfaces that you touch regularly