Protect, Prepare, and Know the Facts
As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still apply to prevent COVID-19:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick. If you’re taking a sick day from work or for school, a sick day from the library is probably a good idea.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
- If you have recently returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
- Vulnerable individuals, who are defined as 60+ years, or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease or weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, to avoid large gatherings, to telecommute if possible, to stay home if they are sick, and to avoid people who are sick.
- There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.
Maine-specific information about COVID-19 can be found on the Maine Center for Disease Control website or by calling 211.
Here is a useful video explaining what the coronavirus, how it is transmitted, and how to protect yourself: