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Questions About COVID-19

Community transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been documented in Orange County.  We all must do our part to slow down the transmission of this virus in our communities and protect our families and those most vulnerable to severe infection (i.e., the elderly and individuals with underlying chronic medical conditions). This means staying home except for essential activities, such as work if your job is in one of the critical infrastructure sectors, and buying groceries. See Governor Newsom’s Executive Order for more details.

Take these steps to protect yourself:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even in your own household.
  • If you must be outside of your home for essential business, put social distance (at least six feet) between you and other people.

Take these steps to protect others:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Discard the tissue in a wastebasket and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick. People with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g, fever and cough or shortness of breath) should stay home until symptoms improve and fever is gone for at least 72 hours without the help of fever-reducing medications, and it has been at least 7 days since symptoms started.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you are able to, when you must be in public for essential activities, such as grocery shopping.  Wearing a cloth face covering does NOT eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others or wash your hands.  See the state health department’s Guidance for Wearing Face Coverings for more information.
  • Wear a mask if you are sick with respiratory symptoms and you must be outside of your home, for example to go to the doctor, or around other people, including in your home.
  • Call first if you are going to the doctor and you are sick with fever and respiratory symptoms so they can take additional precautions to prevent transmission in the office.
  • Review this guidance if you are sick with fever and respiratory symptoms or caring for someone who is sick.

While it is not known yet if pregnancy is a risk factor for more severe disease from COVID-19 or if infection during pregnancy can affect the health of the baby after birth, pregnant women in general have a higher risk of severe illness from viral respiratory infections. Pregnant women should take all the precautions above and be sure to contact their doctor if fever and/or respiratory symptoms develop. For more information, see: