How does the coronavirus test work?
  • The CDC is providing test kits to public health and commercial labs in the U.S., including California, to detect the novel coronavirus. The test kits contain all the elements necessary for a laboratory to test and confirm the presence of the disease. 
  • At this time, both oral and nasal swabs are taken at a hospital or by a physician who suspects COVID 19. This is handled through regular procedures for specimen collection, much in the same way flu testing is handled. Those specimens are delivered, again much in the same way flu specimens are delivered, to the nearest qualified lab for testing.
  • California is working closely with the CDC to request and receive more testing capacity, as needed. The CDC has fulfilled those requests on an ongoing basis and, as needs expand, California continues to request more testing capacity. More information about testing can be found on the CDC’s website.

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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?