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Prevention Guidelines

The Tarrant County Public Health Department and Tarrant County College recommend getting vaccinated to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Stay home if you're sick except to get medical care

  • Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day

  • High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Use a household cleaning spray or wipes according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of cleaning products, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms

  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). 

Isolate yourself at home

  • If you have a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
  • The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

Updated July 21, 2021