All North Carolinians can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting up-to-date information directly from reliable sources like the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus) and the CDC (cdc.gov/coronavirus).
There are some common-sense measures everyone can take to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes COVID-19.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
It is also good practice to start being more aware of the number of times a day your hands touch an object or hard surface and then touch your face without being washed. Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help to protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses.