Advice from a doctor: Coronavirus do’s and don’ts

With all the information out there about coronavirus, COVID-19, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed about what we should and shouldn’t be doing today.

Here are some do’s and don’ts from 9Health:365 Expert Dr. Payal Kohli & our Health and Wellness Director, Bobi Archer, that you can do to protect yourself today from COVID-19 (updated Feb. 2022)


1. Do get vaccinated! Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can lower your risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccines can also help prevent serious illness and death. Find a vaccination clinic near you HERE.

2. Do get tested if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are showing symptoms. Getting tested is important in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Find a testing location near you HERE.

3. Do choose to wear a well-fitting mask when you are not at home. Be aware that some places (like our vaccination clinics or Health Fairs) might still require you to wear a mask, even if your county does not have a mandate.

4. Do stay informed of the situation as events and advisories are always evolving. Credible resources include the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

5. Do practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently, especially before you eat, after you use the restroom, blow your nose, cough or after touching your face. Good hand hygiene includes washing your hands for more than 20 seconds (sing “I will survive”), including in between your fingers and under your nails and using plenty of soap and warm water. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol.

6. Do reschedule your doctor visits if you have symptoms concerning for COVID-19.

7. Do care for those close to you if they have COVID-19, if needed. Make sure they follow their doctor’s instructions for care and medicine, drink lots of fluid, get plenty of rest. Make sure to wear a mask yourself to protect yourself from COVID-19.

8. Do protect your immune system by getting your vaccinations, eating a balanced diet, avoiding too much alcohol, getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy weight.

9. Do remember to wipe common areas around your home with disinfectant wipes or spray.

10. Do go outside and get regular exercise and know, in general, you do not need to wear a mask! Exercise can even help to boost the immune system. Choose to wear a mask outside in highly trafficked areas, if you live with someone at a higher risk, or live with someone not up-to-date on vaccines.

11. Do stay home and rest if you think you may have COVID-19. You should also isolate yourself from your other family members. If you have shortness of breath or are in a high-risk group or have progressive symptoms, call your doctor’s office right away.

12. Do look for red flags if you have tested positive. Be on the lookout for shortness of breath, fever >102F and worsening symptoms. Do seek medical care if you develop any of these symptoms at any time.

13. Do self-quarantine if you have been exposed to COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

14. Do check in on your mental health. The past couple years have been hard for many of us. Check in with yourself with our free depression or anxiety screenings.


1. Don’t panic – It is not a ‘panic-demic’ but don’t take this lightly either, especially if you are healthy! Emotional contagion is the spread of fear or panic and is more contagious than the virus itself.

2. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face without washing your hands. This can help protect you from COVID-19 and other diseases like the flu or common cold.

3. Don’t share utensils or drinking glasses with others if you are sick, including family members.

4. Don’t visit your older relatives or community members, if you are having symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

5. Don’t travel if you are sick, tested positive for COVID-19, or had a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

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