Now that businesses are open and activities are resuming, you may be looking for ways to safely resume certain daily activities. There is no way to ensure zero risk of getting COVID-19, especially when new variants of SARS-Cov-2 continue to be identified in our state and spread rapidly. However, you can use layers of protection to help keep yourself safe and reduce the spread of disease.
Follow these steps
Each of us can help protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 by following these simple steps.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective at protecting you from severe illness, hospitalization, and death caused by COVID-19. Learn more about vaccination.
Wear a mask
Everyone should wear a mask whenever you are in public, indoor settings where there is substantial to high community transmission. It's also a good idea to mask up outdoors if it is difficult to practice physical distancing, such as at crowded events and gatherings. More on masks.
Protect your loved ones, neighbors, fellow Wisconsinites, and yourself by wearing a mask. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should still wear masks in certain settings:
- Health care settings
- K-12 schools, including school buses
- Places where masks are required by local or tribal laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces
- Areas with substantial to high community transmission
- Correctional and detention facilities and homeless shelters
- All forms of public transportation (including planes, buses, and trains) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations
Keep 6 feet apart
If you are not fully vaccinated, stay at least 6 feet from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. More on physical distancing.
Wash your hands
Frequent handwashing, when done correctly, is one of the best ways to protect against the spread of infectious diseases, like COVID-19. More on handwashing.
Stay home when sick
If you’re feeling sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s best to stay home and monitor your symptoms. Know the symptoms of COVID-19.
Get tested for COVID-19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. More on testing.
Staying safe and healthy
Learn more about how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if you’re exposed. In addition, COVID-19 has had a tremendous effect on people’s mental health. Discover healthy ways to cope with the stress, along with effective tips for helping others.
Coping with stress
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in one way or another. Learn healthy ways to cope with stress and access resources that can get you through this time. More on coping.
What to do if you’re a close contact
If you’ve been in close contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19, you’re at risk for developing COVID-19. More on close contact.
Use the WI Exposure Notification App
The WI Exposure Notification App uses Bluetooth technology to provide COVID-19 contact tracing.
- Identifies and notifies close contacts
- Does not store any of your personal information or remember your location
- Informs you if there is a match with further instructions