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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2020 – State Alert – 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.
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.
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.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent disease. Vaccines save millions of lives each year. When we get vaccinated, we aren’t just protecting ourselves, but also those around us.
How do vaccines protect communities?
When a person gets vaccinated, they are less likely to get a disease or pass the germ on to other people. When more people get vaccinated there are fewer people left for a germ to infect so it is harder for the germ to spread. This is called community immunity or “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is important because it protects people who can’t get the vaccine, for example, because they are too young or are very sick.
Who makes the decisions?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is an independent panel of medical and public health experts brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make recommendations about vaccine policies. The ACIP recommends to the CDC which people should be in each phase. While states often follow the ACIP recommendations, final decisions about when different groups will get the vaccine are made by each state. In California, those decision are being made by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is responsible for carrying out the state’s plan, deciding exactly how each phase of vaccine distribution will be carried out: where vaccines will be given, who will be giving the vaccines, and how the county will make sure everyone has a chance to get a vaccine when it is offered to people in their phase.
A special e-mail address has been established to respond to concerns from the community regarding the City’s response to the current crisis. Please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the City will respond to you.