Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. That includes your knuckles, thumbs, fingernails, and wrists. If you don’t have soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Wash your hands after you:
- Go out in public
- Touch a new surface
- Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze
Dry your hands completely after you wash them. And always wash your hands before you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. You can transfer the virus from your hands to your face.
Disinfect anything that’s touched a lot. COVID-19 can live a while on certain surfaces. Studies show it can stick to plastic and stainless steel for up to 3 days. Try to avoid disinfectant that might trigger your asthma. Items you should regularly disinfect include:
- Tables and countertops
- Light switches
- Phones and desks
- Anything in a bathroom (toilet, faucet, sink)