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COVID-19 Tips for Young People

Wash Hands Often

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Stay at home when sick

stay six feet apart

Stay 6 feet apart



It’s on YOU to stop the spread. Get tested. Stay Home.

COVID-19 is having a big impact on Minnesotans aged 18-35. The things you enjoy doing—like going to restaurants and bars, and getting together with your friends—are unfortunately among the riskier activities for transmitting COVID-19. Even if you don’t have serious symptoms, someone you spread the virus to could face life-threatening complications. We have a responsibility to protect all Minnesotans from illness associated with this virus.


Homecoming. The movies. Concerts. Going to work and school safely. We all have that thing we want to get back to. 




Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan

To curb the spread of the virus and preserve our hospital capacity, Minnesotans are being asked to take certain precautions. As of January 11, 2021:

  • Only two households may gather indoors, 10 people max. If you move outside, you can have three households together, up to 15 people max. 
  • Bars and restaurants are opening with restrictions, but you need to be cautious. Stay six feet away from others, wear your mask, wash your hands, and consider takeout or delivery above in-person dining.  
  • Gyms and fitness studios are opening, but you need to stay vigilant. Keep nine feet between yourself and others. You must wear a mask at all times, even while exercising. 
  • Sports practices and other organized competitions are starting up again, with restrictions.
  • Receptions and gatherings connected to weddings, funerals, and similar planned ceremonies can start again, with restrictions. 
  • Unnecessary travel is still very strongly discouraged.

Get tested.

Testing is critical to stopping the spread, and Minnesota is providing everyone with no-barrier access to COVID-19 testing. It is fast and easy––and it is FREE. You can order a no cost at-home COVID-19 test, go to a community testing site, or visit your primary care provider
Get tested if you:
  • Have any symptoms at all, even just a runny nose. 
  • Have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
  • Are working outside of your home in any capacity, as part of a screening strategy.
  • Must travel anywhere outside of your community, before you leave and after you return.
Self-Quarantine if you have even the slightest worry that you might be infected.
Spending 14 days in quarantine is difficult, but it is the best way to stop the spread and protect your loved ones, friends, and coworkers from contracting the virus and transmitting it to others.
You should stay home and away from all other people for 14 days if you: 
  • Test positive. 
  • Are exposed to COVID-19. (Read up on exposure at How and When to Quarantine or Isolate.) 
  • Are returning to Minnesota after traveling out of the state or country.
  • Are visiting family in Minnesota during your school break. You should plan to quarantine before you leave campus, once you arrive in Minnesota, and again when you return to school. 
Have you had close contact with someone who has tested positive? In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason. To learn what situations may allow for ending quarantine sooner than 14 days, please seek guidance from the MN Department of Health.
Participate in contact tracing.
If you receive a call from the health department, don’t panic. This just means you may have been near someone who has COVID-19. Listen and answer their questions – make sure to call back if you miss the call – and you’ll learn exactly what to do next. 
Download Minnesota’s new contract tracing app and get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

More Ways to Help

Homemade mask drive
Get some cloth in the game! Minnesota is always looking to beef up our mask supply, and you can help by creating some of your own. 

Looking to help a little more? Become a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps!


Learn more about how to slow the spread. Here’s information for everyone, including schools, teachers, parents, and more. 
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