How can I prevent COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID‑19. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. DSHS always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • 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 available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID‑19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID‑19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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1. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
2. How can I prevent COVID-19?
3. What’s the plan to support a quarantined population, if it comes to that? Supply distribution, testing locations?
4. When will you be closing non-essential buildings like the mall or market street, etc.?
5. Have swim lessons been cancelled? We were supposed to start Sunday.
6. Are the park rangers taking action or monitoring the parks? There are a bunch of kids out there playing basketball, and the tennis courts are full.
7. Are the ponds closed for fishing?
8. How many presumptive cases of COVID-19 are in The Woodlands?
9. What does this mean for people who paid for use of pavilions at parks?
10. Are sports leagues cancelled?