There are no vaccines for COVID-19. However, medicine and vaccine research is underway. The precautions described below can help you stay healthy.

Daily Activities

from NYC Dept. of Health

  • Stay home. All New Yorkers — healthy or sick — must stay home. You should only leave your home for essential tasks, such as work (if you work for an essential business or entity), getting groceries and supplies or essential medical care. You may also leave for solitary exercise. Try to use delivery services when possible.

    • When you must go out for essential tasks or solitary exercise, keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others and wear a face covering.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Do not touch your face unless you recently washed your hands.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave.​


what you need to know

Face masks or coverings are now required in public.

  • See more on PAUSE (executive orders) in NY State related to Covid-19 here

  • Please ask your case manager if you need help getting a a face covering.

  • Also learn about how to make your own face covering with items you already have!

Face Coverings

from NYC Dept. of Health

People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people, so you should wear one whenever you leave the home.

A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system.


Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people.

Social Distancing

from the CDC


Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people

  • Do not gather in groups

  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings


In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

When COVID-19 is spreading in your area, everyone should limit close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

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