Recommended Behavioral and Lifestyle Changes To Help Protect Yourself and Others
1. Wear a mask.
When in public settings or when around people outside of your household, wear a properly-fitting cloth face covering.
2. Wash your hands.
Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol or hand sanitizer.
3. Keep surfaces clean.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
4. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
5. Avoid face touching.
The average individual touches their face an average of 15 times per hour! Remain vigilant about avoiding all face touching with unwashed hands.
6. Eat nutritious meals.
Research indicates that brightly colored vegetables and fruits boost immunity better than most supplements. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables — aim for 10 servings per day.
7. Identify stressors in your life and practice stress reduction.
Chronic stress can negatively alter immune system responses, making you more likely to get sick. Identify your personal stress reduction strategies and practice them regularly.
8. Try to incorporate some form of exercise into your daily routine.
Moderate, regular physical activity helps to boost immune system function by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress hormones.
9. Get enough sleep.
Sleep has a big influence on immune function, so it is essential to get plenty of sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene and maintain consistent sleep hours.