What You Can Do To Avoid Getting and Spreading Coronavirus Avoid crowds and close contact with people who are sick. If you are taking care of someone who is sick, try to stay 6 feet away – this is the distance virus-containing droplets can travel through a sneeze or cough. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol hand gel that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover your coughs; Sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects at home like door knobs with soap and water. Add some bleach to the water i.e. jik, hypo. Avoid frequently touched surfaces in public places, like elevator buttons, door handles and handrails. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch such a surface.