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.

Recommendations for Travelers

At this point, in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, the OC Health Care Agency no longer recommends that national or international travelers have to quarantine when arriving or returning to Orange County. Travelers can generally go to work, school, or other community settings, upon arrival without restrictions. However, to protect those around them, returning travelers should take actions to protect others from getting sick after return:

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people who are not from their household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep nose and mouth covered when outside of your home.
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick. 

In certain situations, quarantine after returning home could be considered, particularly if the traveler engaged in high risk activities during the trip. Activities that are considered high risk:

  • Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. You can check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for places you have traveled, including foreign countries and U.S. territories. You can also check states, counties, and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.
  • Going to a large social gathering such as a wedding, funeral or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering such as a sporting event, concert or parade.
  • Being in crowds — for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.

CDC Guidance for Travelers (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html)