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Protecting Yourself

Last Updated: 3/26/2020

Most people who become infected by COVID-19 experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by practicing these health safety practices.

COVID-19 health safety practices

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19

Symptoms may appear within 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice or to make an appointment. It is important that you call ahead to make an appointment so medical staff can take the proper precautions for your visit.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or disorientation
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. Learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19 here.

Mental and Behavioral Wellbeing

If you are experiencing emotional distress, anxiety or worry related to the COVID-19 outbreak, you are not alone. The following resources are available to New Jersey residents, connecting them to trained specialists, ready to offer support:

New Jersey Mental Health Cares Hotline

1-866-202-HELP (4357)
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week

Family Helpline

1-800-843-5347
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Domestic Violence Helpline

1-800-572-7233
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Peer Support and Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735)
Text “NJ” to 741741
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Those needing emotional support can also contact the national Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), providing year-round, multi-lingual disaster crisis counseling, 24-hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Call Toll-free: 1-800-985-5990
  • Text SMS: Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746

You may also visit these websites for additional information and resources related to disaster behavioral health: