There are many practices that are important, but none of them replace wearing PPE.
Social Distancing: (reducing and limiting the number of people that you interact with) is important to reduce community spread and to protect yourself. The fewer people you have contact with, the less chance you have of contracting the coronavirus. It’s important to be able to keep track of who you have had contact with so that you can be contact-traced if one of your contacts happens to test positive.
Physical Distancing: (keeping 6 feet or more of the distance between you and others) is crucial to reduce the number of virus particles to which you will be exposed. The closer you are to someone, the greater the risk of you inhaling virus particles from them.
Contact Tracing: (the process by which you are informed that you have been exposed to someone who was Covid-positive at the time you were together) may be official or may occur through word-of-mouth. Some cities and regions have implemented thorough, extensive, and effective contact tracing programs. Other areas are not yet able to do so. Either way, it’s important that you provide as much information as you can to ensure that everyone you have had contact with is informed as well.
Testing: It is important to get tested for Covid-19 when you have been contact-traced or have reason to believe that you could have potentially been exposed. Most tests will not pick up coronavirus traces immediately: there is a delay between your infection event and the virus building up in your body. It’s recommended to test 7-14 days after your potential exposure. Check with your medical provider or local testing sites for details of when to test and as to what type of test you will receive.
Quarantining: It is important to separate yourself from others while you are waiting to take a test (after being contact-traced) or while you are waiting for your results (after being tested).
Covid-Positive Isolation: If you have tested positive for coronavirus, you need to separate yourself from others until the infection has passed through your body. The amount of time to separate depends on the severity of your infection and how soon it was identified. (You should quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.)