COVID-19: You Stop the Spread

 The information on this page contains Department of Health Services (DHS) recommendations, some of which may be required based on state or local orders. Please contact your Local or Tribal Health Department for more information on COVID-19 related public health orders in your community.


Some of us get sicker from COVID-19 than others, but all of us can help protect the people, places, and experiences that matter most. Taking just a few simple steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 reduces the risk for those around you. Because we’re all connected—by our health, by our actions, and by our commitment to each other. Learn how to protect what’s important to you. When you do, you help protect everyone in Wisconsin.

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Follow these simple steps to protect the people in your life!

Wear a mask in public

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Wear a cloth face covering in public settings, especially when it is difficult to practice physical distancing. More on masks.

Keep 6 feet apart

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Stay at least 6 feet away from other people when possible when you leave your home. More on keeping your distance.


Wash your hands

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Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. More on handwashing.

Stay home if you can

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Stay at home as much as possible and especially if you are sick. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments. Know the symptoms.

Share on social media how #YouStopTheSpread

Are you following our simple tips to protect your friends, family, and our community from COVID-19? Help us spread the word by taking a picture of yourself (feel free to include friends) doing your part (wearing a mask, washing your hands, staying 6 feet from others) and post on your social media accounts using the hashtag #YouStopTheSpread. Be sure to say why you are doing your part, like: I'm protecting my dad or grandma, supporting essential workers, or helping local businesses stay open. We look forward to seeing you.

Are you able to help promote this campaign? If so, use our resources.

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We have other materials to keep you safe

 How to use disposable face coverings in eight steps. #MaskUpWisconsin How to use: Reusable Face Coverings in eight steps. #MaskUpWisconsin Wash Your Hands! publication P-01710

Last Revised: October 15, 2020