Preventing Sickness & Spread

How to stay healthy:

  •  Stay home
  •  Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  •  If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

The California Department of Public Health has consolidated state guidance on how to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19 in a single location.

How to clean your home to prevent the virus: 

  • Disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily may be the most crucial, according to the New York Times. High-touch surfaces include things like phones, keyboards, door knobs, light switches, drawer handles, television remotes, refrigerator and microwave oven doors, counters, toilets and faucets.
  • Wipe or spray high-touch surfaces with disinfectants that promise to kill germs. If you don’t have a disinfectant, scrubbing with soapy water will do.

What to do if you think that you are sick:

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or local public health department before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • feeling like you have a fever
  • a new cough
  • shortness of breath

See additional guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monitor your symptoms

  • Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.