What You Should Know About COVID-19

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What You Should Know

What You Should Know
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus. The virus mainly spreads from person to person when they are in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes within a 24 hour period during the infectious period). Many people with COVID-19 will have a mild illness or no symptoms and can recover at home without medical care. However, some people (mainly older adults and people with underlying medical conditions) are more likely to get very sick, meaning that they may need to be hospitalized or go to intensive care.

Not everyone gets symptoms of COVID-19. If they do, symptoms usually show up 2-14 days after they are exposed. Here are some symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Other symptoms: fatigue (feeling tired), muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.



Protect Yourself and Those Around You

Protect Yourself and Others

Protect Yourself and Others

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  • Stay home when possible. When you leave the house, avoid crowds and stay 6 feet apart from people not in your household.
  • Wear a face covering when you are around people not in your household, especially when indoors.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home until you find out the results.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and let close contacts know. A close contact is someone you were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes within a 24 hour period during the infectious period.


How to Stay Safe in Large Households

Living in Large Households

Living in Large Households
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Here are some ways to stay safe when you live in a large household:

  • Limit errands and choose only one or two people to do the essential errands for the whole house.
  • Keep people separated from anyone who is sick. Try to keep any sick person 6 feet apart from others in the home and have them wear a face cover.
  • Avoid having visitors come to the home.


How to Stay Safe at Work

Here are some ways to stay safe when you are at work:

  • Wear a face cover at work if you are able to.
  • Keep a safe distance as much as you can, at least 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid sharing items with co-workers.
  • Clean and disinfect your workspace and shared equipment often.

Orange County residents should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one’s place of residence, or to other states or countries.  Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, and the risk that new sources of infection and potentially new virus strains will be introduced into our community.

International Travel:

On January 12, 2021, CDC announced an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation. This order is effective as of 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021.
If you must travel, after you return to Orange County,

  • Stay home for 10 days after you return.  The California Department of Public Health recommends that all persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this recommendation does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders for essential travel. See California’s Travel Advisory issued on 1/6/21.
  • Consider getting tested (locate a testing site here) 3-5 days after travel.  Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 10 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.​​
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Always ​follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

Domestic Travel

Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to your family, friends, and community after travel.

All non-essential travel should be avoided.  If you must travel but  you have had a known exposure to COVID-19, you should delay travel, quarantine yourself from other people, get tested, and monitor your health. Check your destination state or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.

Don’t travel if you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

For more information, refer to the CDPH’s Travel webpage