According to China’s most comprehensive recent published report about the outbreak, about 80% of the novel coronavirus cases are mild. Patients typically experience a fever and dry cough, but some show no symptoms at all.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
Know How It Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, respiratory droplets are produced. These droplets can land on your nose, mouth, or eyes, or they can be inhaled.
What You Should Do
Keep your hands clean.
Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting public spaces or before and after touching your face (coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, etc).
Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands. Make sure it is at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Practice social distancing.
Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Remember, some infected people do not have any visible symptoms.
Stay at home as much as possible.
Cover your nose and mouth.
Wear a cloth face cover when you are outside your home, for example at the grocery store or doing other necessary tasks.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cover will protect others from you, in case you are infected. Even with a face cover, continue to practice social distancing. Do not wear medical face masks meant for healthcare workers. They need the protection in the field, and there is a mask shortage.
How To Wear A Cloth Face Covering
Make sure your face covering:
- fits snugly but comfortably to the sides of your face
- can be secured around your ears or with ties
- has multiple layers of fabric
- allows for breathing without restriction
- is machine-washable
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Do not use surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first-responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Face Covering FAQ
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering from their face?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth when removing their face covering, and should wash their hands immediately after removing.
Anyone interested in getting tested MUST REGISTER at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing to determine if they are eligible to be tested. (Can call 211 if they do not have internet access)
If an individual is eligible:
- They will be given a registration number. Bring this to the testing site.
- The drive-thru testing site will let the individual stay in their car for a self-administered test.
- The individual will swab their own mouths/throats and deposit it into a container as they leave the site.
The testing sites will keep local communities healthy and will slow the spread of COVID-19 by identifying individuals who need to isolate or receive medical care.
For more information, please visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.