COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that emerged in late 2019.

Prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (cold / flu / COVID / RSV) by:

  • Get vaccinated for flu / COVID / RSV.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or use your inner elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay at home when you have symptoms of any respiratory virus.
  • Consider wearing a mask to protect yourself or to protect the people around you. 
  • Avoid crowded areas and maintain physical distance.
  • Increase fresh air.
  • Use a household cleaner to clean objects that are touched often.

Read information about COVID-19 by going to

Please note: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has updated its recommendations to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses on March 25, 2024. For the most recent guidance, go to to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.