Three steps to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

In this video, Clinical Assistant Professor Lillian Erdahl, MD demonstrates the three simple steps for staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Follow these simple steps

Wear your face mask

The mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times to be effective. We recommend wearing a mask indoors in public spaces, and outdoors when social distancing isn’t an option.

Face shields are a recommended alternative.

Watch your distance

If you can reach out and touch the person next to you, you’re too close. The recommended distance is six feet apart, or arms’ length away. Socialize safely through social distancing.

Wash your hands often

Washing your hands often is important. When you’re out of the house, using hand sanitizer frequently is another effective way to stay safe.

By practicing these three Ws and encouraging others to do the same, we can protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.

Risk Levels During COVID-19

Very High Risk Level
Person coughing
Person has COVID-19, but no symptoms
Less Than 6 Feet of Space
Person without a mask
Person does not have COVID-19
High Risk Level
Person coughing
Person has COVID-19, but no symptoms
Less Than 6 Feet of Space
Person wearing a face mask
Person does not have COVID-19
Medium Risk Level
Masked person coughing
Person has COVID-19, but no symptoms
Less Than 6 Feet of Space
Person without a mask
Person does not have COVID-19
Low Risk Level
Masked person coughing
Person has COVID-19, but no symptoms
Less Than 6 Feet of Space
Person wearing a face mask
Person does not have COVID-19
Very Low Risk Level
Masked person coughing
Person has COVID-19, but no symptoms
6+ Feet of Space
Person wearing a face mask
Person does not have COVID-19
Almost No Risk
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Person has COVID-19, but no symptoms
Each Staying Home
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Person does not have COVID-19
Last reviewed: 
August 2020

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