March 17, 2020

Public Health Tips to Follow

As of March 24, at least 43,499 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S.; at least 537 have died. The state of California is under “Stay-at-home” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care or go to an essential job. If you go out, it is advised that you keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and anyone else.

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As we confront this crisis, here are some do’s and don’ts from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):


  • Stay home
  • If you must go out, observe social distancing recommendations (at least 6 feet between people)
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently used.
  • Use hand sanitizer if no soap and water are available.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze.


  • Shake hands or hug
  • Touch your face
  • Go to the doctor if you aren’t ill as they’re likely to be overburdened


  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes.

The CDPH reminds us: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

The following symptoms may appear two-14 days after you’ve been exposed, according to the CDC:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Some warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

It’s important to realize that people can spread the virus even if they never show symptoms!