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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Prevention

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Published on January 27, 2020. Last modified on May 06, 2020

PreventionCDC_protect-wash-hands

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection with COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses is to take everyday, sensible steps including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.CDC_COVIDweb_09_clean
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Stay at least 6 feet away from ill individuals.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider delaying traveling to areas where there is a known outbreak of COVID-19, if possible.  Visit the CDC's traveler alert website for information about geographic areas with COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • If you haven't already, get an influenza shot; influenza is still circulating in our communities.CDC_cloth-face-cover

On April 1, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance on wearing face masks in public.  Face masks help keep the person wearing the mask from spreading the disease to others.  Wearing a cloth face covering should not replace any of the above recommended steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  Medical surgical masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for health care personnel.  More information about wearing a face mask in public is available at CDPH's website.

If you do become ill, please:CDC_protect-quarantine

  • Stay home until you feel better.  Avoid public or crowded areas.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with our elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not cover coughs and sneezes with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider the use of over-the-counter medications to reduce symptoms of fever, coughing, and congestion.
  • Reserve emergency room visits for serious illness and medical emergencies like injuries, difficulty breCDC_COVIDweb_06_coverCoughathing, chest pain, and altered levels of consciousness; and
  • Call your medical provider before visiting the office. Most otherwise healthy individuals with mild respiratory symptoms may not need to see a medical provider.

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