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How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

The best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination. Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses. CDC recommends that people ages 12 years and older receive one updated (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose. Some people, like those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, are recommended to get an additional primary dose. Find out if you’re up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations by using CDC’s At-A-Glance COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules.

There are steps you can take that will also help prevent COVID-19, including:   

  • Wearing a well-fitting mask is a proven strategy to reduce your exposure to the virus. See guidance from the CDC on When to Wear a Mask, including when the Community Level is high.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your health care provider.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  •  If you are traveling, follow the CDC's guidance at CDC.gov/Travel.