How can I protect myself?
You can protect your health and the health of your family:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
• Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
• Get a flu shot. It’s cold and flu season. These more common respiratory illnesses have affected our communities—especially the flu. So far this season, 10 adults and 2 children have died from flu-related complications in Pierce County. The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu. It’s not too late to get your flu shot.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Note: The DOH coronavirus hotline
(1-800-525-0127, press #) is experiencing high traffic and may be temporarily unavailable.
Resources & Recommendations from Washington State Health Department.