Protect Yourself & Others

It is up to all of us to protect ourselves and others by following recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The more steps you take to slow the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be. No single step on its own is perfect at preventing COVID-19 spread, so try to layer prevention measures when and where you can.

Lowering Your Risk C-19

Wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated, and even if you are fully vaccinated in communities experiencing substantial or high levels of COVID-19 transmission.

MDH recommends wearing a high-quality mask to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Examples of high-quality masks are N95 or KN95 masks, which are very good at blocking droplets. If you cannot get that type of mask, wear a disposable mask under a cloth mask to increase effectiveness.

  • Masks are required on public transportation, including buses and airplanes.
  • The federal government is working with pharmacies to provide up to 3 free respirators per person.  Find participating pharmacies at

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best things you can do to help prevent getting or spreading COVID-19. All Minnesotans age 5 and older are eligible to get vaccinated. Minnesotans age 12 and older should also get a booster shot when they are due.

Practice good hand hygiene.  Wash your hands often, with soap and water for 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

Follow guidance on staying home (quarantine) if you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19. People who are fully vaccinated and boosted when due or who have had COVID-19 in the past three months may not need to quarantine in many situations.

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces reduces the amount of germs and decreases risk of infection. In most situations, cleaning alone removes most virus particles on surfaces. Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours.

Stay home if you are sick.  Be sure to cover your cough and sneeze using your elbow or a tissue.  

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