Protect yourself and help stop the spread
How to protect yourself...and others who are vulnerable
Everyone is asked to stay home unless going to an essential workplace or essential activity, such as getting food.
For the times when we must be out in public, here are the tips we should all be following now to reduce our risk of getting or spreading the coronavirus.
- People who are 60+ and/or have underlying health problems should ask for help from family or neighbors to pick up items from the grocery store, or use online services.
- Practice physical distancing. That means limiting the time you spend in public and keeping a 6-foot distance between yourself and strangers when you are in public.
- If you work for an essential business and develop symptoms of any respiratory illness...do not go in.
- Wash your hands often, including your fingertips, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If family members get sick, isolate them in the home and practice social distancing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
This can be a very stressful time for everyone. The L.A. County Department of Public Health has these tips on handling the stress, and a link to a 24/7 mental health helpline.
If you have a cold or flu-like symptoms...
According to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, most people with respiratory infections like the flu and COVID-19 coronavirus will have mild illness and get better without needing to see a doctor. See the official flyer about what to do if you develop symptoms.
If you are ill:
- Stay home until 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Call your doctor early if you are elderly, pregnant or have a weak immune system or other medical problems.
- Call your health provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
- Clean your hands well and often.
- Separate yourself from people and animals in your home.
- Wear a cloth face covering if you need to share a room or vehicle.
- Treatment includes taking fluids, rest and medications to help you feel better.
Seek medical care if you are seriously sick, including:
- Difficulty breathing
- Can't keep fluids down
- Other serious symptoms