According to the Center for Disease Control, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another.

Those who are in close contact with one another, less than 6 feet apart have the greatest risks of transferring or acquiring the virus through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. The Center for Disease Control also recommends the following tips:

Clean Your Hands Often.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Practice Social Distancing.
Put distance between yourself and other people. Avoid close contact with those who are sick. Stay home as much as possible.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes.
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Clean & Disinfect.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and others, please visit The Center for Disease Control at cdc.gov.

Property and mortgage fraud are among the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Fraud occurs when someone obtains the title to your property, usually by stealing your identity to change ownership of your property title from your name to theirs. They can then secure loans using your property as collateral.

The good news is that the Shelby County Register of Deeds office can now help you to protect your property. It takes just a few minutes to sign up for Property Fraud Alert. To register for this FREE service, simply click on the Fraud Alert Program link HERE!