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, keep at least 6 feet of distance.
Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
Last Updated: March 30th, 2020 @ 9:58 AM
Stay Home Except for Essential Needs
The novel coronavirus that is spreading across the world – designated as COVID-19 – is emerging in the Bay Area. The World Health Organization announced on March 11 that it has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease which was first detected in China and has now spread across the globe, with confirmed cases in the Bay Area. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the lead agency in the United States responding to this outbreak. The Alameda County Health Department is our local lead agency providing public health expertise and guidance.
According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness to avoid being exposed to this virus.
How to Stay Healthy
To slow the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 in our community, vigilantly practice these illness-prevention measures:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- If you are sick, stay home;
- Avoid close contact (less than 6 feet) with people who are sick;
- Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has some similar symptoms to COVID-19;
- Use disinfectant wipes to routinely clean frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, including your work station, phone, computer keyboard, remote controls, and other work equipment;
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
If You Feel Sick
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Coronavirus symptoms include:
- feeling like you have a fever
- a new cough
- shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about COVID-19 symptoms.
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control:
- California Department of Public Health:
- Alameda County Department of Public Health:
Who is Most at Risk?
The CDC advises that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, particularly:
- Older people, with risk increasing by age
- People of all ages with serious chronic health conditions—like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes