- Get the COVID-19 vaccine. We now have vaccines to help us keep people from getting sick with COVID-19. Teenagers as young as 12 years old can get the vaccine now. It has been found to be safe and very effective to prevent COVID-19. The vaccine is still being studied in younger children.
Wear a mask. Especially if you are not vaccinated, it is recommended to wear a mask when going out in public. Wear a mask when you are around people who do not live in your house, if you are inside or cannot be six feet away from them.
Keep “social distance” from others. Not getting to close to other people is the best way to avoid getting the virus. As regular activities open up, if you have not had the vaccine, it is still recommended to try to keep your distance. Staying six feet apart from others is best. If you get together with other unvaccinated kids, it is better to see each other outside than inside because there is more air ventilation.
Wash your hands. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have soap and water, you may also use a hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer needs to have at least 60% alcohol-base (you can check this number on the back label). Wash your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, coming inside from outdoors, and before eating (even snacks).
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow. Put your used tissue in the trash and wash your hands right away.
- Try not to touchyour eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Follow your school’s advicefor staying safe if you are going to in-person classes.
- Have healthy habits. COVID-19 can cause people to have trouble breathing. Keep your lungs healthy by not smoking and not vaping.
- Talk to your parents if you start to feel sick, have a fever, or trouble breathing.