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Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease

Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease


Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. 


Meet with family members, different households, and friends to speak about what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of all of us might be.


Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 


Please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.


Get to know your neighbors 


Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.


Identify aid organizations in your community. 


Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.



Create an emergency contact list. 


Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.


Do not panic: Practice everyday preventive actions now.


Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles using regular household detergent and water.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. 

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Bru· May 26, 19:35
Part of your preparation checklist includes making sure that you have enough protective masks and thermometers available to you and your family. Please let me know if you require any of these items.
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Vikash· Jun 15, 10:46
I dont need to buy anything extra - children are already washing hands before eating, and after coming back inside from playing in the yard.
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Rajendra· Dec 17, 11:16
Thanks for letting us know
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