How to Protect Yourself
The Department of Health (DOH) has issued the following advice:
People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. This helps limit the spread of the virus even for those who don't feel sick. Learn more about how to make, wear, and sanitize masks on the cloth masks page.
- Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
- If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
- Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
- Make family plans for the possibility of school or daycare closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.
To read or sign up for daily updates from the Hawaii Department of Health, visit the Department of Health updates page.
The DOH recommends beginning preparations now for the risk of the spread of the disease. Recommended preparations include making a family plan, preparing a 14-day emergency kit, setting aside a three month supply of any needed medication, and preparing supplies for pets. For more information on family plans and 14-day kits, see the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency preparedness page.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has prepared an Advice for the Public page that covers basic preventative practices and answers some common questions.