New York Times

You have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. The good news is that small changes in personal behavior can buy time — slowing the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. Here’s some practical advice from doctors and public health experts to protect yourself and your community.

Prevent Infection

Slow the outbreak by keeping yourself and others from getting sick.


Stock up on food responsibly and create a household plan.

Stay Home

Stay at home to protect others, and use these strategies to keep life as normal as possible.

Recover From Illness

What to do if you or a family member gets sick.

1You Can Prevent Infection

The impact just one person can have on spreading the virus — or tamping it down — is exponential. In the space of a month, one infected person leads to about 400 additional cases, according to Adam Kucharski, a mathematician who specializes in disease outbreaks.

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