Governor Newsom has requested that anyone 65 years old and above practice social distancing and remain in their homes as much as possible. COVID-19 is an airborne virus. Since we must breathe in order to survive, the best plan of action is to avoid exposure.

How can people protect themselves?

 

While a vaccine against COVID-19 is currently being made available throughout the U.S., it has not been widely distributed. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes, smokers or who are obese seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Wash hands with soap and water (sing “Happy Birthday” through twice).

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

  • Follow guidance from public health officials.

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