How can I help prevent infection and protect others?
Every person plays a role in saving lives by stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Some people with COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing they have it because they do not experience any symptoms (asymptomatic state). Others can spread the virus without knowing they have it because they have not developed symptoms yet (pre-symptomatic state).
Even people who are fully vaccinated can spread the virus if they catch it and have a mild infection or are asumptomatic.
Many people who develop COVID-19 are most contagious 72-48 hours before they first experience symptoms and for the first five days they feel ill.
That is why it is important that every person follow the CDC's guidelines for protecting yourself and others. This includes:
- Maintain social distancing, or staying at least six feet from people outside your household.
- Wear a mask when you are with people you don't live with, or if you feel unwell. Learn the best way to put on a mask.
- Wash your hands frequently and clean surfaces that are touched regularly.
- Avoid gatherings or being in enclosed spaces with people from outside your household.
- Stay home if you feel unwell, and stay away from people you live with unless you receive a negative test showing you do not have COVID-19. Learn what to do about possible COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
- Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective tool we have to ending this pandemic. Visit the CDC website for answers on the vaccine and how it can help protect you, your family, and your loved ones.
Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe.
Stay strong. Masks On.
Northern New Englanders have the drive and determination to handle just about anything. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our willpower – but we have what it takes to get through this.