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  • The CDC has issued new guidelines for protecting yourself from COVID-19, including several crucial coronavirus tips that everyone needs to follow.
  • Included in the CDC’s new advice are seven things in particular that the CDC says everyone needs in order to protect themselves and their families from contracting the potentially deadly virus.
  • Among the things the CDC says everyone should have, face coverings like Amazon’s best-selling face masks and hand sanitizer are at the top of the list.

Economies across the United States are now reopening after months of closures, and the inevitable is happening: new coronavirus cases are spiking in many regions around the US. Some states are faring much better than others, but the US as a whole has done a much worse job than other countries that have been hit hard by COVID-19. Just take a quick look at these charts and you’ll see that we are failing miserably compared to other hard-hit countries.

Should we stop reopening economies? No, absolutely not. But reopening businesses and easing lockdown restrictions puts the responsibility on individual citizens to take the necessary precautions in order to slow the spread of the virus. New coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in many states like Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California, where people simply aren’t taking enough precautions to protect themselves and people around them from coronavirus. It can be chalked up to pure laziness and selfishness, and many people will die unnecessarily as a result.

If you’re wondering what you should be doing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself, it’s really not that complicated. Wear a face mask whenever you leave your house. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds anytime you touch and object or surface in public. Is that really so hard? There are a few other things you should do as well though, and newly revised coronavirus guidelines from the CDC specify seven things that everyone needs to protect themselves and their families from coronavirus infections.

You should read through all the new guidelines, of course, but here are the seven things you need according to the CDC:

Face masks

Fast masks are the most important thing on the list right now because person-to-person transmission via aerosols has been found to be the main way people get infected by the novel coronavirus. When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, yell, sing, or even just speak, they shed clusters of the coronavirus that float through the air in microscopic saliva drops. When other people breathe in those tiny micro-droplets, they can catch the disease.

Wearing a face mask is an absolute necessity when you leave your home, and doctors believe we’ll all continue having to wear face masks for at least another year. In other words, you should load up on face masks now because you’re going to need tons of them if you want to stay healthy. Amazon’s best-selling coronavirus face masks are on sale right now for just 54¢ each, and you can also load up on discounted JB Medical KN95 face masks for higher-risk situations like riding public transportation or visiting a doctor’s office.

If you want the best possible protection, you can get 3M respirators and NIOSH-approved particulate filters on Amazon right now. They’re usually reserved for hospitals and government agencies only, so definitely grab them while you can. The most popular models among our readers are the 3M 6200 Medium Respirator and the 3M 6300 Large Respirator.

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Hand sanitizer

Amazon has a huge hand sanitizer section on its website with plenty of great options that are in stock and shipping right now. Here are some of the most popular ones, including Purell hand sanitizer that’s actually in stock and ready to ship:

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Hand soap

Just as important as hand sanitizer is hand soap, and there are plenty of great options in stock and ready to ship at Amazon. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds whenever possible.

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Disinfectant wipes

While face masks, hand sanitizer, and hand soap are all easy to find these days, disinfectant wipes are still very scarce in stores and online. Here is Amazon’s disinfectant wipes section so you can check out all the different options that are in stock right now. Of note, Clorox wipes are in stock right now and available to ship quickly, but prices are inflated so only people with a desperate need should buy them.

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Paper towels

The run on paper towels at the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the US was nowhere near as bad as the run on toilet paper, and that continues to be the case. Paper towels never expire and you’ll always need them, so you might as well stock up on paper towels while some decent options are shipping out right away.

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Tissues

The CDC includes facial tissues on its list of must-have products, and it’s pretty obvious why. There’s are plenty of top brands in stock right now in Amazon’s tissue section, including Puffs Plus.

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No-touch trash can

Last but certainly not least is a product that most people probably didn’t think much about until now: trash cans. The CDC says that everyone should have no-touch trash cans in their homes and offices, especially in common spaces where several different people are likely to use the trash can.

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