Vaccination is considered the best protection against COVID-19. To date, more than 500 million doses had been administered in the United States, resulting in declines in hospitalizations and deaths. Learn more about vaccination here. Information specific to vaccination for children and adolescents is available here.

In addition to vaccination, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Wearing a mask with several layers over your nose and mouth in public indoor settings in areas of high transmission. To learn about your community's level of COVID activity, click here.
  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practicing social distancing. 

At Maury Regional Health hospitals, masking is required in patient care areas at all times. For more information, click here.


The COVID-19 virus can affect anyone of any age. Illness can range from mild to severe. New variants can emerge. For example, the delta and omicron variants of the original COVID-19 virus are more transmissable than the original variant. Health care facilities have seen younger people affected by serious illness from variants. The majority of those currently hospitalized with severe illness from COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

controlling household spread of covid-19

When someone becomes infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, those who reside in the same home have a strong chance of also becoming infected. 


IMPORTANT: Patients should not attempt to self-medicate without direction from their physician or clinical provider, with the exception of over-the-counter fever reducing medications. All medications should be taken as directed.