Taking Care of Yourself and Those Around You
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or specific antiviral drugs to treat it.
Important steps to protect yourself include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow (not your hand), or use a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid sharing food utensils, containers and other personal items.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get a flu shot. (While it won’t protect against COVID-19, it may help in diagnosis should you display symptoms.)
To protect those around you, stay home if you are sick.
If you become ill with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or cough, and have recently left an area having widespread community transmission of COVID-19 or have had prolonged close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, call HDOH at (808) 586-4586 or your doctor’s office for guidance. If you have trouble breathing, seek medical care immediately or call 911. Be prepared to describe your symptoms, travel history and any contacts with individuals who may have been in an area with widespread prevalence of COVID-19.
Preparing for a Possible Outbreak in Hawaiʻi
Preparing for COVID-19 is similar in many ways to preparing for a flu outbreak or other emergency. Things you can to do prepare yourself and those around you include:
- Check and refresh your disaster supply kit, which should have at least 14 days of food and supplies for everyone in your family and your pets.
- Stock up on all prescription medications—90 days is recommended.
- Prepare for and consider practicing basic social distancing measures like limiting your time spent around large groups and avoiding unnecessary close contact with people (e.g., use fist bumps instead of handshakes or kisses).
- Consider stocking up with a 1 month’s supply of basic household and hygiene items. Supplies of these items may be affected in the event of a pandemic and avoiding excessive trips to crowded stores helps with social distancing and protection.
- Plan for the possibility of cancelled events and activities.
Public Information on COVID-19
We advise everyone to follow authoritative updates from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (HDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State for the latest information and recommended actions for protection.
- HDOH COVID-19 “What You Need to Know” Flyer: hawaii.gov/docd/files/2020/01/2019-nCoV-flyer-what-you-need-to-know (PDF)
- Hawaiʻi Department of Health (HDOH) Information Page: hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) General Information and Status: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
- Hawaiʻi Department of Health COVID-19 Joint Information Center updates: hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Information: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
- S. Department of State Travel Advisories (all): travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories