How do I keep myself and others safe?

Stay at home. Only leave to access critical services (such as medical care) or to meet critical needs (such as to get groceries or to pick up prescriptions). If you are well and you stay home, then you cannot get exposed and you will not get ill. This effort will not only protect you and your household contacts, but it will also help to protect those most vulnerable to serious illness caused by this disease. Vulnerable populations, such as those 65+ and with underlying health conditions, should lean on their social support networks rather than leaving their homes for essential needs whenever possible.

Practice social distancing when in the community. Appropriate social distancing requires a 6 ft. distance between you and others.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay away from work and other people if you become sick with symptoms like fever and cough.

If you have mild respiratory illness, stay home until there is no fever for 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines), your symptoms have also improved for 72 hours, AND it has been at least 7 days since your symptoms first started.

For people who are well, wearing a face mask is not on the list of recommended practices to prevent infection. While they can be effective in preventing the spread of disease if worn by someone who is infected with a virus, they are not currently recommended to protect oneself from becoming sick.

Show All Answers

1. What is a coronavirus?
2. How contagious is the virus?
3. Where has the virus spread?
4. How worried should I be?
5. Are we working to contain the virus?
6. Has there been community transmission in the United States?
7. How do I keep myself and others safe?
8. How can I stay informed?
9. I am exhibiting symptoms like one would have with COVID019 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and may have been exposed. What should I do?
10. Who do I contact if I don't have a primary care physician or regular health care provider?
11. How does the coronavirus test work?
12. Can I get tested for the coronavirus?
13. I don't have any symptoms, but I think I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What should I do?
14. Are there medications should I keep on-hand?
15. Should public events be cancelled?
16. What does the California Shelter in Place order mean?
17. Who is considered as "essential workforce" during the California Shelter in Place Order?
18. What should I do if I have concerns about violations of the Stay-At-Home order?