CR's Guide to the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads in the U.S., Consumer Reports is committed to bringing you up-to-date, evidence-based reporting and advice.

Here are key steps you can take to help keep you, your family, and your community safe:
1

Follow local guidance to slow the spread of the virus. Stay home as much as possible, and practice "social distancing" if you must go out.

2

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly—for at least 20 seconds each time.

3

Don’t hoard supplies, but be prepared for a potential quarantine. Check in on neighbors who might need a hand gathering essentials.

4

Stay informed and remember to be wary of rumors you hear or read on social media.

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