Here’s how to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses



Good measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak also are the same steps that should be taken to reduce the spread of other common illnesses, such as the flu.

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  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Eat well balanced meals and get adequate sleep.
  • Wash hands often with water and soap for 20 seconds or longer.


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  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect "high touch" surfaces often, such as door handles.
  • Call before seeing your doctor.

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How to get information

An Ohio call center will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

The number of potential cases and the results of testing are regularly updated every weekday at The website also has more information on prevention and preparedness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions, sorted by category, at The CDC also regularly posts the latest news on COVID-19 on the website.

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