Preventing the spread of COVID-19

The State of Hawai’i – Department of Health (DOH) has created the following simple steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact.

Stay home if you start feeling ill

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of fever or cough unless you are going out to seek medical attention.

If you become sick

* Do not go to work or school or use public transportation

Isolate yourself in a separate room or area and away from others

Use separate bathroom if available

Call your healthcare provider before seeing a doctor

Avoid close contact with people

  • Keep your distance from other people (at least 6ft or 2 arms lenghts)

Wash your hands often

  • Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Use tissue paper and dispose it immediately upon use. Use your elbow if you have none.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Get the flu shot

  • People with seasonal influenza exhibit similar signs as COVID-19
  • This will help the healthcare system determine your condition faster and get you treated

For more information, visit Department of Health – What You Can Do.


By Kristofel Abella

Ka Lā staff writer

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