General Public Guidance

General Public Guidance

HCPH has compiled resources intended to help the public in better understanding Coronavirus (COVID-19), ways to stay healthy, suggestions for supporting their communities, and more. Select documents may be available in multiple languages.  

Please check back often as these documents or resources may have updates or new information added.




General Guidance

Select resources are available for general guidelines, recommendations for everyday activities, and more. 

If the information you are searching for is not shown here, refer to the remaining sections of this General Public Guidance resource as well as the Business and Industries and Re-Opening Guidelines and Documents resources.

Handshake Free Zone
Guidance for Maternal Health
Proper Use of Masks, Risk Factors
COVID-19 Activity in Parks and Recreation
Guidance for Removing Gloves
How to Treat Mild Symptoms at Home
Reducing the Risk for Apartment Residents
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products
Reducing Risk for Older Adults
Domestic Violence Resources
Guidance for Laundry
Guidance for Safe Sex Interactions
Guidance for Public Transportation
Guidance for Grocery Shopping (PDF)
Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Guidance for Funerals (PDF)
Guidance for Pet Shelters and Owners (PDF)
Mental Health (PDF)
Guidance for General Public (PDF)
Cleaning and Disinfecting (PDF)
Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We (PDF)
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
Guidance for Pregnant Women (PDF)
Guidance for People at Higher Risk (PDF)
Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring (PDF)



Cleaning and Disinfection

Maintaining cleanliness - including disinfecting surfaces - is essential in helping to decrease the spread of illness. Select resources for cleaning protocols are below with additional materials available on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Cleaning and Disinfecting (PDF)
Guidance for Grocery Shopping (PDF)
FAQ: How Long Does COVID-19 Last On Surfaces?
Guidance for Laundry
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products
Guidance for Removing Gloves
Preventing the Spread



Mass Gatherings and Community Events

As per the CDC, large events and mass gatherings may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Examples of these events include (but are not limited to) conferences, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, etc. 

For guidance on the following, please see the CDC website...




Mental Health

Select resources are available for supporting mental health and reducing stress during the spread of COVID-19.

If you or a loved one need help in coping with anxiety, grief, or other issues, please reach out to the Harris County COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-251-7544.

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
Mental Health (PDF)
First Responders & Coping With Stress



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Select resources are available regarding the use of PPE, including face coverings.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
What Is 'Community Spread'? (PDF)
Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring (PDF)
Cleaning and Disinfecting (PDF)
Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Removing Gloves
Proper Use of Masks, Risk Factors
Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence
Preventing the Spread
Handwashing Graphics



Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Select resources are available for those individuals who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Additional resources - including those for caring for young children - may be found on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring (PDF)
Guidance for Pregnant Women (PDF)
Guidance for Maternal Health
Guidance for Early Care & Education
Preventing the Spread



Social Distancing and Self Monitoring

Select resources are available concerning social distancing guidelines and recommendations for self monitoring.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
What Is 'Community Spread'? (PDF)
Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring (PDF)
Social Distancing: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Reducing the Risk for Apartment Residents
How to Treat Mild Symptoms at Home
Preventing the Spread
Handshake Free Zone



Social Media Toolkits

In an effort to educate and share awareness regarding COVID-19, HCPH encourages you to utilize and share the social media images created by our departments throughout your own social media platforms. 




Travel

Information regarding traveling can be found in the Travel resources. This included both Domestic Travel and International Travel. It is recommended to review this information prior to finalizing preparations for upcoming trips.




Vulnerable Populations

Based on available information from medical professionals, it has been found that adults over the age of 65 as well as people of any age who have severe underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk from serious illness from COVID-19. More information about those conditions that may impact vulnerability can be found in the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) resources for those who are recommended to take extra precautions as well as those who are at higher risk.

In addition to information available from the CDC, HCPH has put together resources that vulnerable populations may find helpful. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
What Is 'Community Spread'? (PDF)
Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring (PDF)
Guidance for People at Higher Risk (PDF)
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
Guidance for Assisted Living (PDF)
Cleaning and Disinfecting (PDF)
Guidance for General Public (PDF)
Mental Health (PDF)
Guidance for Care Givers (PDF)
Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Guidance for Grocery Shopping (PDF)
Guidance for Public Transportation
Social Distancing: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Safe Sex Interactions
FAQ: How Long Does COVID-19 Last On Surfaces?
Guidance for Laundry
Reducing Risk for Older Adults
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products
Guidance for Removing Gloves
Proper Use of Masks, Risk Factors
How Do I Get Tested?
What Happens At A Testing Site?