How to Keep Yourself and Others Safe

The City, County and State are monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus. City staff continue to work closely with local partners to prepare and respond as necessary. We encourage community members to help protect yourself and those around you by practicing social distancing and healthy habits.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid unnecessary trips
  • Wear a cloth face covering while in public 
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others

Read King County’s FAQ regarding the Health Officer Directive on facial coverings.

Social Distancing

Stand 6 feet apart from other people

  • Stay home and do not go out in public when you are sick
  • Avoid medical settings unless necessary
  • Give six feet of space from others
  • Wave instead of giving handshakes
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits
  • Work in ways that minimize close contact with people
  • Encourage telecommuting

Help Flatten the Curve

Learn about how flattening the curve works, and why it is important. Learn more

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High Risk Individuals

Public Health recommends that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people.

Those at higher risk includes people:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • With underlying health conditions
  • With weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

For more helpful advice on coping with COVID-19, visit the CDC website.

Your kids

Looking for ideas to keep your kids entertained and upbeat? Check out these 23 fun activities to do with kids using stuff you already have at home, as you wait out the coronavirus closures (from the Seattle Times).
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Prevent Accidental Poisoning

With more people using cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Poison Center has reported a 23% increase in calls about accidental poisonings from cleaners compared to this time period last year. Learn more on how to prevent poisonings.