When should I wash my hands?

The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

How should I wash my hands?

The WHO provides a step-by-step guide to effective handwashing, and recommends doing so for 20 seconds (or the equivalent of singing “Happy Birthday” twice). Consider printing copies of this guide and displaying it in places where you regularly wash your hands.

Why should I take the actions listed in the pledge?

The CDC, WHO, and other health agencies agree that these four important actions make it less likely that you will contract COVID-19 or pass it on to other people. If we can avoid spreading COVID-19 we can:

  • Protect those who are particularly vulnerable to the disease, like the eldery and those with underlying health conditions
  • Reduce the number of people seeking treatment
  • Allow hospitals and health professionals to better treat those who do contract COVID-19

Why bother with a pledge? Shouldn’t I just do the things on the list?

Not everyone is into pledges or comfortable sharing the actions they’re taking to stop the spread of COVID-19 with others. We respect that.

We created this pledge because research suggests that pledging to take action can make people more likely to follow through — and when we surveyed 100 people about the pledge to Stand Against Corona, 61 percent of those who wanted to take the pledge believed their behavior would change if they did. We also hope that people who take the pledge will feel empowered and feel a sense of community with other pledge takers.

Why should I share that I took the pledge to Stand Against Corona?

Sharing that you’re taking significant steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19 can inspire others to take it seriously. The outbreak of COVID-19 has thrust us into uncharted territory. Most of us are taking cues on how to act from people we respect — and that likely includes the people who look up to you.

What does it mean to stay at home “when I reasonably can”?

Individual circumstances vary. A lot. Some of us have jobs that are essential for important industries to function; others of us provide necessary care to people outside of our homes. We believe that everyone should go out as needed to care for themselves and others.

That said: we also believe that everyone should go out as little as possible, and should limit contact with others when we do. For example, we can get fresh air, natural light, and exercise by going on a walk, run, or bike ride — and also stay six feet away from others. We can go to the grocery store when we need food and other supplies, but do it infrequently and keep our distance from fellow shoppers.

If I take the pledge, am I committing to do the things in the pledge forever?

No. The pledge is intended to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. When COVID-19 is well-controlled in or absent from your community, it will no longer be needed. Pledge takers should exercise judgment about how long they should stick to the pledge based on their personal circumstances, local guidelines, and the COVID-19 situation in their area.