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This Version Posted: May 21, 2020

Health is in your hands when it comes to COVID-19.

COVID-19 is mainly spread through close contact between people. You can get sick from coughs or sneezes from someone else, or by touching something with the virus on it. People of all ages can get sick with COVID-19, although older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions can suffer more severe effects from the coronavirus.

Reducing the spread of illness is good for your health – and for everyone’s benefit. The great thing is that you can do this in many different ways, whether it’s handwashingself-isolating, practising physical distancing, or arming yourself with the facts about coronavirus.

Learn about additional ways and resources on this page to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your health matters, now more than ever!

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COVID-19 Virus with a hand held up in the ‘stop’ position

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

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Woman in isolation at home for virus outbreak Coronavirus wearing a face mask quarantine herself

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