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5 ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 when going outside

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently listed five ways to stay safe when you head outside.

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Madeline Cook, a medical assistant wears protective clothing at an appointment-only drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility set up outside University of Utah Health’s South Jordan Health Center on Friday, March 13, 2020. The testing facility will be open to the public Monday.

Madeline Cook, a medical assistant wears protective clothing at an appointment-only drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility set up outside University of Utah Health’s South Jordan Health Center on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently listed five tips on how to stay safe and protect yourself when you head outside during the coronavirus pandemic.

The five tips are rather simple, and it’s not like we haven’t heard them before. But the CDC shared the tips on a new page that suggests “cases are rising” and people need to “act now” to slow the spread.

The tips for going outside include:

  1. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  2. Stay 6 feet away from those who don’t live with you.
  3. Avoid crowds
  4. Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  5. Wash your hands often. Use sanitizer if you can’t wash them.

In general, the CDC said there are three important ways to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, including wearing a mask to protect yourself and others, stay at least 6 feet away from those who don’t live with you and avoid large crowds.

2 more tips ...

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News in a recent interview that there are two other things you can do to stay safe this winter —  “try and keep windows open” and “Don’t be afraid to wear a mask in your house if you’re not certain that the persons in the house are negative.”