Protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 Although there are currently no data showing that COVID-19 affects pregnant people differently than others, we do know that pregnant people are at greater risk of getting sick from other respiratory viruses than people who are not pregnant. Sometimes, this causes adverse outcomes for the mother or child. Therefore, if you are pregnant, be mindful about reducing your risk of getting sick. If you are caring for children, you can teach them everyday steps (such as proper handwashing) to help them stay healthy and, in turn, help protect yourself and your family. Practice social distancing. Avoid people who are sick or who have been exposed to the virus. Stay at home or stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in your home. Wash your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or help your children wash their hands), especially: After touching other people, including children; After touching surfaces outside your home or items from outside that you have brought into your home; After going to the bathroom or changing diapers; After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; After handling dirty laundry; Before eating or preparing food; and Before breastfeeding or expressing milk. Always wash your hands when they are visibly dirty. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands. Or, cough into your elbow and clean your hands. Clean, disinfect, and launder safely. Clean and then disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., phones, personal electronic devices, remote controls, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). Be sure to follow instructions for safely and effectively using disinfectants, including directions for rinsing off the chemicals after a period of time. In addition, be sure to keep products out of reach of children. Launder items, including washable plush toys, by following the label or instructions. Launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, if possible. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items, but wash your hands after handling the dirty laundry.