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Use your head,
slow the spread.

It’s important to keep yourself and others safe. The best way to avoid illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself and your community and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Learn How Masks On, Maryland

All Marylanders are advised to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including:

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Wear a mask
that covers your mouth and nose while around others

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Watch your distance,
keep at least six feet between yourself and others and avoid crowds.

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Wash your hands
often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

Use hand sanitizer
with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available

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Cover your mouth
and nose while sneezing or coughing

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Avoid touching your face,
especially your eyes, nose and mouth

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Avoid contact
with people who are sick

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If you are sick,
stay home and call your health care provider

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Clean and disinfect
frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices

Social Distancing Tips

When around others, please practice the following:

  • Avoid handshaking,
    hugging and other intimate types of greeting
  • Avoid crowds,
    especially in poorly ventilated spaces
  • Work from home if possible
    and actively encourage employees to stay home
  • Avoid non-essential travel
    (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
  • Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks
Social Distancing Examples

Looking for additional resources?

There are local resources and information available about COVID-19 for individuals, organizations and communities across Maryland.

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