What to do
Limit the time you spend around people who don’t live with you
As we reopen San Francisco, the safest choice is to stay home. The more you go out, the more you expose yourself and others to COVID-19.
Talk with the people you live with about how to stay healthy together.
If you go out, practice physical distancing
If you leave your home, stay 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you.
You are required to wear something to cover your face when you are within 6 feet of someone who doesn’t live with you. This includes anytime you are outside, shopping, taking transit, or getting healthcare.
Practice personal hygiene
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If you don’t have soap or water, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
You can safely use expired hand sanitizer if it still:
- Is a gel or foam consistency (not runny)
- Dries quickly
- Has 90% left in the container, if was originally full and unopened
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Wash or sanitize your hands afterwards.
We do not recommend wearing gloves. Gloves need to be cleaned or replaced regularly. Washing your hands is a better way to stay healthy.
If you leave your home to work, consider washing your clothes and changing your shoes after each shift.
Air out your home, especially if someone is visiting
Open windows and doors.
You can get an air purifier, or make one. Tape a 20” by 20” air filter to the intake side of a 20-inch box fan, where air goes in.
For more tips, see ventilation requirements for SF businesses.
Clean your home regularly
Every day, clean all surfaces that people touch a lot, such as:
- Bathroom fixtures
Immediately clean any surfaces that have bodily fluids on them, like blood or feces.
You can use household cleaning sprays or wipes. Follow the instructions on your cleaning products.
You can use disposable gloves when cleaning. Throw them away after you take them off. Wash your hands after you take off your gloves.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19
- You have a fever over 100.4° Fahrenheit or 38.0° Celsius
- You’re shivering a lot
- You have a cough
- It’s hard to breathe
- You feel tired or sore
- You can’t smell or taste anything
- Your throat hurts
- Your head hurts
- You have a runny or stuffy nose
- You have diarrhea, feel sick to your stomach, or throw up
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow isolation instructions.
Plan your care with your healthcare provider. Many hospitals and birth centers are limiting visitors.
Practice safe sex
Avoid close contact, including kissing, with anyone who doesn’t already live with you.
COVID-19 is a serious respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus. It is easily spread from person to person. See more information from the CDC about how COVID-19 spreads.
Last updated November 19, 2020