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Protect Yourself

It is important to take everyday precautions to reduce your risk of infection for COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20-seconds, with soap and warm water

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home if you're sick



People who have been exposed may not exhibit symptoms for 2-to-14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever

  • Cough & chills

  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing


If you’re experiencing moderate-to-severe respiratory symptoms, call your healthcare provider or VA medical center immediately.


What to do if you are or think you may be sick

Call your physician or VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Calling first helps protect you, medical staff, and other patients.

COVID-19 vaccines at VA

All Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Find out how to get your vaccine. And get the latest VA vaccine updates and answers to common questions.

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