You probably never dreamed you’d spend years living in a pandemic. And it has been scary. Very scary.

But we know more now than we did when it started. We can look back. And we can see how to stay safe. Protect the people we love. Do our part.

Here’s information you can trust about COVID-19. And here are the ways to protect yourself and your family.

Stop the spread. Protect yourself. Protect your family.

Your actions can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Protect yourself and others.

Be safe.

Use the CDC COVID-19 County Check tool to find out about virus levels where you live and precautions you can take.

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Get vaccinated. Get a booster.

Watch this short video to find out why people just like you said yes to the vaccine.

Learn why vaccines work.

Learn why vaccines are safe.

Find out where to get the vaccine. Vaccines are free and approved for people age 5 and older.

Check out these facts and myths from the CDC.

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Get tested.

Get tested if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 5 days.
  • Plan to travel or have returned from travel.

Get free COVID-19 test kits to use anywhere for quick results.

Go to a test site.

Wear the right mask, the right way. 
  • People who reported wearing a mask in indoor public settings were less likely to test positive for COVID-19.
  • Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well, is most comfortable for you, and that you will wear consistently every time.
  • Get free N95 masks at your drug store. These are provided by the government as of February 2022. N95 masks provide the most protection from COVID-19.
  • Check before buying. If you buy N95 masks, be sure to buy from a supplier approved by the CDC. More than half of masks marked N95 do not meet CDC standards.

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Wash your hands.

Wash your hands after:

  • Caring for someone who is sick.
  • Leaving a public place.
  • Taking off your mask.
  • Touching your mask.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you can’t wash, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Keep your distance.
  • Stay 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household.
  • Remember that even people with no symptoms can spread the virus.
  • Being in crowded places, like restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters, puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Consider using a self-test before indoor gatherings.
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Get help when you’re sick.