The strategies to lower your chance of getting COVID-19 are meant to be used with people you don’t live or stay with. However, if someone you live or stay with has COVID-19, it can spread easily.
Ways to lower your chance of getting COVID-19 where you live or stay:
- If the person with COVID-19 needs care, choose only one person to be the caregiver. Do not choose someone who is more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. The caregiver should avoid contact with others.
- Limit the time you spend in the same room as the person with COVID-19. If you have to be in the same room, wear a mask and ask them to wear a mask. You can also open a window to improve air flow.
- Avoid eating in the same room as the person with COVID-19.
- Sleep in a different room.
- Use a different bathroom.
- If you have to share, ask the person with COVID-19 to clean “high-touch” areas after use, including handles, light switches, counters, faucets, toilet flushers and lids.
- Don’t share things like cups, utensils, toothpaste, or hand towels.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Clean other high-touch areas often, including:
- Remote controls and electronics
- Phones and other devices
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Faucets and sinks
Sometimes, you might not be able to use all the strategies, and that’s okay. The more you can use, the better.