Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19

If you were involved in protests, vigils, or neighborhood events
If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, we recommend you go in for a COVID-19 test 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Some people do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.

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Slow the spread
When and how to wear a mask
Other resources

Slow the spread


Hands and face

    • Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
    • Always wash your hands after being in a public place.
    • Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash.

When and how to wear a mask

CDC recommends that you wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in grocery stores and all other public places where it is hard to stay 6 feet away from others. Read federal guidance for the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • When you wear a cloth mask in public, remember:
    • Masks can help to stop your germs from infecting others. This is extra important if people without symptoms can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.
    • Wearing a mask does not protect you from others who may spread the virus. You will still need to wash your hands often, cover your cough, and stay 6 feet away from others.
    • Wearing a mask does not mean people who are sick should be in public places. Stay home if you are sick.
    • If you need to see a doctor, call your clinic first. Do not just go to the clinic. Wear a mask when you do go to the clinic.
    • Do not buy or wear surgical or N95 masks. Health care workers need them so that they are protected when helping sick patients.
    • Do not put facemasks or face covers on children under age 2.
    • Do not put facemasks or face covers on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or unable to remove the mask without help.

Best Practices for Masks: Considerations for People with Disabilities and Special Health Needs (PDF)


  • Keep your house and all the people in it extra clean to stay healthy. This can help stop infections from spreading.
  • Clean and disinfect things that people touch a lot: counters and other surfaces; telephones, remote controls and other devices; doorknobs, stairway railings and other objects.

Other resources

Updated Wednesday, 03-Jun-2020 16:56:17 CDT