Coronavirus Disease 2019
Making Safe Choices
Individuals and Families
Below are strategies to help prevent the spread of disease.
- If you feel sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. Don't go to work, don't run errands, and don't visit friends or family.
- Avoid gatherings of any size if at all possible. If you do plan to attend a gathering, make sure you know your risk and take measures to keep yourself and others as safe as possible.
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- Wear a cloth face covering.
- Maintain physical distance whenever possible.
- Wash your hands.
- Bring your own food and drink. Sharing food or eating from the same serving dish could increase your risk.
- Practice physical distancing:
- Shop less often. If you go to the grocery store every week, can you go every other week instead?
- Explore your doctor’s virtual visit options.
- Rethink social norms. Avoid handshakes. Leave six feet of space between people in lines.
- Try online ordering. Can you order items you need?
- Try remote options. Can you attend services or other events remotely?
- Think through your commute. Can you sit or stand farther from people on the bus? Can you walk, bike, or take your car instead?
- Spread out at work. If space permits, work at least six feet from others. If you have an office, keep your door closed.
- Continue to follow everyday prevention measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick - even if you only feel a little bit sick. Research is showing that the virus that causes COVID-19 is most contagious in the early stages of symptoms.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public to protect others in case you have the virus. You can infect others even if you do not have any symptoms.
Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged at this time. Individuals utilizing mass transit must maintain physical distancing of at least six feet as much as possible. Limit travel to essential activities, including:
- Any travel related to essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential businesses and operations, or non-essential businesses’ minimum basic operations.
- Travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or vulnerable persons.
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, or any other services.
- Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside Wisconsin.
People at Higher Risk
People at higher risk for severe illness should stay home as much as possible. The CDC offers additional guidance. People at higher risk include:
- People 60 and older
- People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
- People who have weakened immune systems
- People who are pregnant
The information in this chart is intended to be used as a general guide. The actual categorized risk may be higher or lower based on additional circumstances or actions implemented to reduce the risk of exposure.