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COVID-19: You Stop the Spread

Follow these steps

We have more tools than ever before to prevent, detect, and treat COVID-19. There are many ways that we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities from COVID-19. In addition to basic health and hygiene practices like handwashing, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends everyone take the following steps to stay healthy.


Stay up to date with your vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective at protecting you from severe illness, hospitalization, and death caused by COVID-19. You can stay up to date with your vaccines by getting a booster dose at the recommended time. Learn more about vaccination.

Wear a mask when needed

Wearing a mask is one way to protect others, as well as yourself. You can choose to wear one at any time based on your individual risk factors or personal preference. Learn more about masks.

Stay home when sick

If you have COVID-19, wear a well-fitting mask and stay home until it is safe to be around others, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.

Get tested for COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. Find a testing site.

Seek treatment for COVID-19

Free and effective medical treatments for COVID-19 are now widely available. If you are sick with COVID-19 contact a doctor to see if COVID-19 treatment is right for you. You can also access a prescribing clinician using DHS’ free COVID-19 Treatment Telehealth service. Learn more about COVID-19 medications and treatments.

Avoid being around people with COVID-19

Avoiding contact with people who have COVID-19, whether or not they feel sick, reduces your risk of getting sick. If possible, avoid being around someone with COVID-19 until they have ended their isolation period. Take additional precautions, like wearing a well-fitting mask and keeping your distance from the person who is sick, if they cannot completely isolate.

Monitor your COVID-19 Community Level

Knowing the COVID-19 Community Level where you live can help you decide which prevention steps are most important to keep you and your family safe.

Staying safe and healthy

Learn more about how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19and what to do if you’re exposed. In addition, COVID-19 has had a tremendous effect on people’s mental health. Discover healthy ways to cope with the stress, along with effective tips for helping others.

Coping with stress

COVID-19 has impacted everyone in one way or another. Learn healthy ways to cope with stress and access resources that can get you through this time. More on coping.

What to do if you've been exposed

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you’re at risk for getting sick. More on exposure.

Use the Wisconsin Exposure Notification App

The Wisconsin Exposure Notification App uses Bluetooth technology to provide COVID-19 contact tracing.

  • Identifies and notifies close contacts
  • Does not store any of your personal information or remember your location
  • Informs you if there is a match with further instructions

211 Wisconsin

Call 211 or 877-947-2211 to get referrals for thousands of services across Wisconsin. For COVID-19 questions, text COVID to 211-211. Language assistance is available.

Resilient Wisconsin

Get help learning how to manage stress and adapt to change with services and support from organizations across the state.

Helpful resources

Find help with housing, income, food, employment, health care, mental health concerns, safety at home, and more—in multiple languages.
Last revised December 7, 2022