Unite to Stop the Spread

1. Stay at home if you're at higher risk

Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered Georgia residents and visitors at higher risk for severe illness to continue to shelter in place until at least November 30. This includes Georgians who live in long-term care facilities, have chronic lung disease, or are undergoing cancer treatment.

If anyone in your household is at higher risk for severe illness from the virus, all members of the household should behave as if they share the same risk factors to avoid introducing the virus into the home. You should think of your entire household as a single unit. If one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the home is at risk. That means you should strictly adhere to the CDC's isolation and quarantine guidelines.

2. Wear a cloth face mask in public

All Georgia residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while outside their home or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. Covering your nose and mouth greatly reduces your chances of spreading the virus and also provides some protection for you. Use face coverings if you'll be indoors or around other people where social distancing is difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost. CDC guidance on cloth face coverings.

3. Wash your hands frequently

No other measure is as effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 as washing your hands with regular soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer liberally. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. More handwashing tips.

4. Move at least 6 feet away from others

Avoid public spaces where close contact with others may occur. When you are around other people, stay at least 6 feet away from them. The most common way the virus spreads is by unseen droplets in the air when an infected person breathes out. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The droplets land on surfaces, which we then touch, so frequent hand washing or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is advised.

Follow other social distancing guidelines

5. Clean and disinfect surfaces daily

The virus is invisible but can stay alive and infectious for hours or even days on many common surfaces. Nearly every type of surface can host coronavirus particles for some length of time, so it’s smart to develop a sanitizing routine every time you come and go from your home or bring in items from the outside. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces daily with a diluted bleach solution, alcohol solution, or a household disinfectant. Complete disinfection guidance. 

6. Get your flu shot

Because we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, getting your flu vaccination is more important than ever. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick with the flu, it also helps reduce the burden on our healthcare system and saves medical resources for treating and caring for COVID-19 patients. Additionally, everything you do to help prevent contracting and spreading the flu will also help prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19. 

The flu vaccine is widely available at public health departments, doctors’ offices, grocery stores, neighborhood clinics and pharmacies. Find a location near you to get vaccinated.