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COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Preparing for an Outbreak in Your Community1

Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman 2

This flyer is best viewed as a PDF. It provides general community guidance for COVID-19.

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A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community.

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what the needs of each person will be.

  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications, such as older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions.

  • Get to know your neighbors and talk with them about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it.

  • Identify aid organizations in your community that you can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources.

  • Create an emergency contact list for your household for family, friends, neighbors, health care providers, the local public health department, etc.

  • Practice everyday preventive actions now. This includes avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes, cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and washing your hands.

  • Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Plan to clean these rooms when someone is sick.

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1. This document is FSHN20-4, one of a series of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date March 2020. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication. © NCSU. Used with permission.
2. Natalie Seymour, MS, Extension associate; Mary Yavelak, MS, Extension associate; Candice Christian, MPH, Extension associate; and Ben Chapman, professor, food safety specialist; NC State University Extension. UF Contact: Michelle Danyluk, professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL | | (863) 956-8654.

Publication #FSHN20-4

Date: 5/19/2020

  • Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems
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  • Michelle Danyluk