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.
- 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.