It’s just on everyone’s mind right now. Everywhere you go, it’s a conversational topic. When you browse the web, grim statistics about COVID-19 are on every online news portal. And with cases just spiraling up unabated, it’s becoming more critical to prepare and protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are four tips on how to do just that from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Wash Hands: Wash your hands whenever you get the chance. In fact, according to the CDC, washing your hands is the simplest and most effective way to avoid the spread of coronavirus. As a general rule of thumb, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Also, use a hand sanitizer with isopropyl alcohol when a sink and soap aren’t accessible.

Be Mindful of What You Touch: Limit the use of your hands when outside. Avoid touching doorknobs, park benches, and other items or surfaces that frequently come into contact with other people. Avoid shaking hands with anyone unless necessary. If you are getting a package delivered to you, wipe the box with some alcohol wipes.

Avoid Long Distance Trips: Long-distance trips are what caused COVID-19 to spread from a small province in China to other parts of the world. Avoid any leisure trips for the time being. Besides, with the ongoing lockdown put in place in various countries, it’ll be challenging to move around without getting hassled by checkpoints and other preventive measures implemented by governments.

Avoid People: This is certainly great news for people who identify as introverts and just want to be left alone with a good book or movie. Avoid people as much as you can. Shop for essentials, like groceries and toiletries, online. If you’re out of vacation days, ask your employer if you can work from home. If coming into contact with people is unavoidable, stay at least six feet away from them.

Protecting you and your family from COVID-19 is all about following safety measures and preventive protocol set forth by medical experts and government officials. Not following these safety measures not only endanger you but everyone else around you, including family and relatives that you come into contact with.