Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
What Minnesotans can do
Take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough.
- Stay informed. Visit the MDH and CDC websites often.
- CDC has recommended no travel to China for the time being. If you are planning a trip to China in the next few months, keep an eye on the news and on CDC's Travel Health Notices.
- If you recently returned from China and are feeling sick, call your health care provider and tell them where you traveled and what symptoms you are experiencing. See Information for Travelers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for additional guidance that travelers or their families may want to know.
- Avoid showing prejudice to Minnesotans of Asian descent or assuming that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19. Anyone in the U.S. who has not traveled to China or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick.
- At this point, CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks as a preventive measure for the general public. Facemasks are typically used in clinical settings to prevent spread of diseases from ill patients to health care workers who are in close contact with them.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19; however, research is underway.
Attending school, work, or other community gatherings
- Based on what we know now about COVID-19 and what is known about its spread, MDH is not issuing a recommendation at this time to cancel community events such as concerts, parties, or church gatherings.
- Individual organizations and community members will want to make their own decisions about specific events based upon many considerations.
- People who recently traveled to China should review our Information for Travelers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for more information on what they should do.
- Business owners and employers can review CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 for more information on what they may want to keep in mind for preventing workplace exposures to respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin.
- As always, we recommend that people stay home when sick, cover their cough, and practice good hand hygiene. These recommendations are especially important during cold and flu season.
- We are continually reviewing the situation and will make additional recommendations as needed.
Animals, animal products, or shipments from China
- CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.
- Coronavirus does not survive very long on surfaces, so evidence indicates there is no risk with receiving shipments from China as packages would not have viable virus on them or in them.
- This is a rapidly evolving situation, so information or recommendations may change if new information becomes available.