How to Protect Yourself and Others
Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.
We encourage residents to take “everyday preventive actions” to prevent the spread of illness and to keep our communities healthy.
Practice Social Distancing
Social distancing is a set of actions you can take to avoid close contact with others to prevent the spread of illnesses like COVID‐19.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Wear a face covering in public, when maintaining social distancing is difficult (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
- If gatherings are necessary, limit the number of people to 10.
- Call to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting.
- Check with your healthcare provider about telehealth options.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, please take extra actions to reduce your risk of getting sick. Learn more.
Stay home. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, stay home. Distance yourself from others in the household and if possible, stay in your own bedroom and use your own bathroom. If your symptoms worsen, call your healthcare provider.
Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor can refer you to a testing site.
If you do not have a primary care provider, please contact the Lake County Health Department at (847) 377-8800.
When to Seek Medical Attention
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a face covering before medical help arrives.
Practice the 3 C’s - Clean, Cover, Contain
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Guidance and Recommendations
Frequently Asked Questions
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (IDPH)
Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes (IDPH)
- Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
- How COVID-19 Spreads (CDC)
- What To Do If You Are Sick (CDC)
Prevent Getting Sick
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC)
- Guidance for Using Cloth Face Coverings (Lake County Health Department)
Usando un Cubrebocas de Tela Durante la Pandemia del COVID-19 (Lake County Health Department)
- How to Sew a Cloth Face Covering (Lake County Health Department)
Como coser una cubierta de tela para la cara (Lake County Health Department)
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home (CDC)
- When to Wear Gloves (CDC)
- Social Distancing (CDC)
Daily Life and Coping
- COVID‐19 Household Checklist (IDPH)
COVID‐19 Lista de Preparacion Para Casa (IDPH)
- Guidance for Collecting and Receiving Donated Goods (Lake County Health Department)
- Guidance for Transportation Providers and Passengers During COVID-19 (Lake County Health Department)
- Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families (CDC)
- Households Living in Close Quarters (CDC)
- Keeping Children Healthy While School’s Out (CDC)
- Living in Shared Housing (CDC)
- Pets and Other Animals (CDC)
- Running Essential Errands (CDC)
- Stress and Coping (CDC)
- Tips for Essential Workers on How to Not Bring COVID-19 Home (Lake County Health Department)
Consejos para Trabajadores Esenciales Para No llevar el COVID-19 a Casa (Lake County Health Department)
- Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities (CDC)
People Who Need Extra Precautions
- People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness (CDC)
- People with Disabilities (CDC)
- People Experiencing Homelessness (CDC)
- People Who Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring for Young Children (CDC)
- People of Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (CDC)