How to Keep Yourself and Others Safe

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 - Read King County’s FAQ regarding the Health Officer Directive on facial coverings.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Give six feet of space from others
  • Wave instead of giving handshakes
  • Work in ways that minimize close contact with people
  • Encourage telecommuting

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

  • Call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211 (open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Fri. and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat. - Sun.)
  • 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.