UPDATE (3-31-2020) – Governor Newsom announced the “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In” campaign urging Californians to combat social isolation and food insecurity among those over the age of 65. A statewide hotline is available at 833-544-2374 providing answers questions and providing help during this crisis, such as, assisting older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.
Message to Resturant Owners: It is the resturant owners choice if they wish to close or only provide pick-up/delivery options. The Governor’s Order directed that restaurants remaining open to the public should only seat 50 percent of their capacity, to allow for distancing of patrons.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Many of them infect animals, but some coronaviruses from animals can evolve (change) into a new human coronavirus that can spread from person-to-person. This is what happened with the current novel (new) coronavirus known as COVID-19. Diseases from corona viruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses, cause serious infections like pneumonia.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Frequently Asked Questions.
Courtesy of City of Los Angeles
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
|People who have traveled to or from Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and cough or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.
|Through coughing and sneezing.|
|Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.|
|Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.|
|Because novel coronavirus is new, the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.|
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY?
|Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and frequently.|
|Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, but handwashing is better.|
|When coughing/sneezing, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue (throw the tissue away immediately).|
|Clean and disinfect your home, workspace, and care to remove germs. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).|
|Practice social distancing (masks are limited value unless you are sick or a health worker). Limit close contact and avoid other social norms, such as shaking hands, hugs and other close contact in the foreseeable future. Elbow bumps are a good alternative.|
|Have provisions that will last a few days (water, food, essential hygiene, etc.)|
|Get immunized against the flu. This will relieve what could be a highly impacted healthcare system.|
|Stay home when you’re sick. Don’t wait until you are VERY sick.|
|Have a supply of medications on hand. Consider contacting your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications should you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.|
|Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines, medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms.|
Doing these things will go a long way to protect individuals.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Information in this section has been provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As they are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit their website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.