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The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to this virus. People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest, but it is possible to spread the illness before showing symptoms.

Take preventative actions:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds, working from home if possible, and staying about 6 feet from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including faucets, door knobs, light switches, tables, etc.

What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?

Please take steps to protect the health of others.

  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, self-isolate at home.
  • Limit close contact with others as much as possible (close contact is about 6 feet).
  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items and wash items like dishes and bedding thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness worsens.

Kentucky's COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-722-5725