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COVID-19 and How to Best Prepare

Apr 12th, 2020

Office of the Mayor 

COVID-19 and How to Prepare 

The CDC has provided tips regarding how best to protect ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

To protect yourself and your family considering the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with any disposable wipes.
  • If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

 If you have a fever or cough, stay home. If you are sick and must go out, you can use a face mask to prevent spreading germs to others. Face masks are NOT a substitute for washing your hands.

To prepare to the possible disruption caused by an outbreak you can do the following:

  • Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.
  • Make a child-care plan if you or a care giver are sick.
  • Get your flu shot.
  • Make arrangements about how your family with manage a school closure.
  • Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting yourself sick.
  • Get up to date information at

The City of Mobile will continue to report up to date CDC recommendations as they are made available.