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CDC Says This is "Proven" to Stop COVID

Preventing transmission is incredibly easy. Let’s all do it together. 
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While the COVID-19 vaccine will be a helpful tool in slowing the spread of coronavirus, we cannot rely on it alone to end the pandemic. Since the first cases of the virus were identified in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged Americans to do their part in preventing virus transmission. In fact, they have offered several easy ways to stop the virus from spreading from one person to another. Read on to learn about the proven ways to stop COVID—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Get Vaccinated

Doctor Giving Older Woman Corona Virus Vaccine Injection In Hospital

The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, is getting the vaccine when it is your turn. "COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you," explains the CDC. "Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC's recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19."


Mask Up

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"Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others," encourages the CDC. They recommend that anyone over two should wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.


Social Distance

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On nearly every COVID-19 related page on their website, the CDC encourages social distancing. Their message is simple: "Stay 6 feet apart from others who don't live with you." This includes whether you are outside or inside. 


Avoid Crowds

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The greater number of people in a specific space, the more chances there are of COVID transmission. "Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters put you at higher risk for COVID-19," they point out. 


Outdoors Instead of Indoors

Woman Wearing Homemade Mask Picks Up Food at Restaurant During Covid-19 Lockdown

"Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces," the CDC states on their website, especially those "that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible." If indoors, they suggest opening windows and doors. "If you want to spend time with people who don't live with you, outdoors is the safer choice!" However, even if you are outdoors and around others, they encourage maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask. 


Wash Your Hands

Woman Washing her hands with soap and water at home bathroom

Finally, maintain hand hygiene. "Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing," they suggest. If hand washing is not an option, use sanitizer instead. 

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Do Your Part

Happy young woman wearing protective face mask disinfects her hands with alcohol sanitizer while sitting at table in restaurant on summer day.

So follow Dr. Anythony Fauci's fundamentals and the recommendations of the CDC and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more about Leah