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Coronavirus FAQ

What You Need to Know

How is it spread?

  • Through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

What can I do to protect myself and others from respiratory infections like novel coronavirus?

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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).
  • Use face masks only if you are sick or have been instructed to do so by your health care provider.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

What should I do if I need child care?

Visit the State of California Child Care Portal to find licensed center-based and family child care programs in your area.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Stay Home

Stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. It’s better for you and it keeps others from getting sick, too. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation.

Call Your Health Care Provider

Call your doctor before going in and seeking care in person. Most people will get better with rest so there is usually no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms.

If you need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7. You can also locate a provider by going to DHS.LACounty.gov.

If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911 right away.

Know your Risks

When you call, tell your doctor about your symptoms as well as exposure to someone who has COVID-19 or any recent travel (Visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for an up to date list of countries most affected by COVID-19)

Certain people such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical problems are also at higher risk and should communicate with their health care professional as soon as possible if they feel ill.

If you come into contact with someone with COVID-19

You should also call a doctor if you have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, even if you are not yet showing symptoms.

Need more information?

Go to http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Safer at Home FAQs

As residents in Los Angeles County practice “Safer at Home”, there are still a number of questions surrounding County directives. Please share the following multi-lingual Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with your residents:

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