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Tips to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. Our California community is facing uncertain times. While many things may be out of our control, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and others from falling ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking the following precautions to avoid person-to-person spread of COVID-19:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing with soap or sanitizing;
  • Practice social distancing to avoid contact with individuals who are sick, and to minimize the risk spreading COVID-19 to others;
  • Follow State and local directives for social distancing and self-quarantine.

If you are sick and must leave home for medical care or other essential travel, there are steps you can take to prevent contaminating others. The CDC recommends the following:

  • Stay home if possible;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cover your mouth with your elbow;
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after coughing or sneezing;
  • Wear a facemask if you must be around others.
Protection tips from covid 19

                                                                                         COVID-19 Tips

Data and science relating to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Current studies show that people can contract the virus by coming into contact with airborne particles (aerosols), and by touching surfaces (plastic, steel, copper, and cardboard). A study released by The New England Journal of Medicine detected the virus up to 72 hours of application to plastic and steel. However, there was no viable virus detected on copper after just 4 hours, and no viable virus detected on cardboard after 24 hours. To read more about the study, visit this website: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973.

The CDC has released the following guidelines for sanitizing your home or office to avoid spread of COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces:

  • Identify frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, toilets, and sinks;
  • First, clean surfaces to remove germs, dirt and impurities. After cleaning, disinfect using chemicals to kill any remaining germs;
  • Wear disposable gloves when using cleaning products and disinfectant to sanitize your home;
  • Wear disposable gloves when processing laundry for an ill person, and regularly disinfect laundry hampers.

If you do not have access to pre-made chemical disinfectant or cleaning solution, the CDC recommends diluting household bleach with water; mix 1/3 cup bleach per one gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per one quart of water. All CDC recommendations on preparing for, and protecting against, COVID-19 can be found on the CDC’s website. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

On March 16, 2020, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued the following recommendations that each American can follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep then at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

Read about the White House guidelines and more by visiting https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/15-days-slow-spread/).

State and Local Community Restrictions

Federal, state and local governments have released varying community restrictions in recent days. To ensure compliance, it is important to regularly educate yourself and your family. As of March 19, 2020, the following restrictions were put into place:

  • The White House has asked all Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people;
  • The State of California has directed all bars, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and gyms to close. Restaurants with delivery and to-go capability may continue service;
  • 16 counties in Northern California including San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Alameda, and Central Valley’s City of Fresno, have issued shelter-in-place orders;
  • Five Southern California counties, including Los Angeles and San Diego County, have issued a ban on dine-in eating at restaurants;
  • County governments in San Bernardino, Orange and Palm Springs have banned all gatherings;
  • Riverside County has issued a ban on any gathering over 10 people;
  • Los Angeles and San Diego counties have prohibited gatherings of over 50 people.

Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/ to stay up to date on California’s current publications regarding COVID-19 recommendations, infections, fatalities, and community restrictions.


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San Diego, CA 92101
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