The COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time . Public health officials are recommending community actions appropriate to your local situation designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Creating a household COVID-19 plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about. Details of your household plan should be based on the needs and daily routine of your household members.
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Identify aid organizations in your community.
- Create an emergency contact list.
Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions
Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned with a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf iconexternal icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
Be aware of your child’s school or child care facility’s COVID-19 plans
Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or child care facility. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the governor, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local authorities have ordered temporary school closures to help slow the spread of illness. Pre-school through 12th grade, higher education, and child care can reopen for the 2020-21 school year with approved safety guidance from IDPH. If your child attends a college or university, learn about the school’s COVID-19 plan for the upcoming school year..
Plan for potential changes at your workplace
Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members. Learn how businesses and employers are responding to COVID-19.
Last Updated: 6/29/2020