Prevention and Treatment

Protect Yourself and Others

A few simple steps can greatly reduce your chances of being exposed and exposing others to COVID-19, the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2. Everyone should:

  • Practice good hygiene: cover coughs and sneezes, don't touch your face, and wash hands often
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others not in your household
  • Use face masks when in public
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often
  • Consider the COVID-19 vaccine

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to it. Learn more on How to Protect Yourself and Others from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Faces of COVID

On November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, the day before he would have watched the Iron Bowl, Pippa Abston's father, Philip Coulter, died from COVID-19. Watch her video and read her story.

Prevention Resources

General Prevention Tips

Physical Distancing

Hand Hygiene

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Gloves and Face Coverings


Pharmacologic management of patients with COVID-19 is based on the severity of the disease. Two monoclonal antibody regimens: bamlanivimab/etesevimab and casirivimab/imdevimab have received emergency use authorization for the outpatient treatment of mild to moderate coronarvirus disease in persons 12 years of age and older, weighing at least 40 kg, having a positive COVID-19 test, and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. In addition, remdesivir is approved for hospitalized patients who require minimal supplemental oxygen.

  • Take medications to relieve pain and fever
  • Continue your regular medicines prescribed by your doctor unless instructed otherwise
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
  • If you are mildly sick, drink plenty of fluids, stay home, and get plenty of rest
  • Call your physician if you are considered at-risk and have worsening symptoms

Page last updated: May 27, 2021