How to prepare your family for COVID-19

Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.


  • Find Local Information

    Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.

  • Know the Signs & Symptoms

    Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:

    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
    • Limit movement in the community
    • Limit visitors
  • Take Steps for Those at Higher Risk

    Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.

  • Protect Yourself & Family

    Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).

  • Create a Household Plan

    Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.

    • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
    • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
    • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Stay Informed About Emergency Plans

    Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

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