The Facts About Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

We’re all in this together. We are working rapidly to keep our state healthy.

Do:

  • Stay home
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Don’t:

  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to the doctor if you aren’t sick
  • Stockpile masks or gloves


Latest numbers

As of March 18, 2020 at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, there are 675 positive cases and 16 deaths in California. Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency on March 4th, 2020. See the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the latest data.

How To Stay Safe

Reducing social contact can help slow the spread of this coronavirus and keep our communities healthy. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

Everyone in California 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. Learn more.

Know the symptoms and risks

If you have any symptoms or are at risk, it’s especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others.

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.

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 if:

  • you have traveled to an affected country within the last 14 days
  • you have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19

Some people are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, including:

  • people over 65 years old
  • people with compromised immune systems
  • people with serious chronic medical conditions

If you or someone you’re close to is at higher risk, avoid going out and have supplies available to minimize the need for errands.

Stay in contact over the phone or online with loved ones and caregivers. Review additional guidance for high risk individuals (pdf).

Avoid gatherings and events

Everyone in California 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. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What Is COVID-19?
A: COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person by close contact and respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing.

Q: What Are The Symptoms?
A: According to the CDC, coronavirus’s symptoms are a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough. Patients also report shivers, body aches, and fevers over 102 degrees.

Q: What Should I Do If I Have Symptoms?
A: If you show signs of COVID-19, stay home and call your doctor or healthcare provider before visiting their office. For a vast majority of patients, COVID-19 symptoms are mild. Estimates are changing, but 14 days is the current guidance for home isolation for patients of COVID-19.

Q: What Is The Federal Government Doing?
A: Our federal government is working with state and local officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the United States. This strategy ensures that our healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed by a high number of infected individuals at once.

Q: How Do I Protect My Community?
A: The CDC recommends staying home when possible, avoiding touching your face, covering your cough or sneezing, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Q: Should I Buy A Mask?
A: No—the CDC does not recommend wearing masks if you are healthy. A shortage of masks nationwide can limit their availability for medical professionals and patients in need of them the most. You should only purchase and wear a mask if you are having symptoms or are caring for a COVID-19 patient.

Q: Will The Flu Vaccine Protect Me?
A: No, however, health experts recommend being up to date on your flue shot to ensure your immune system is not further compromised and to reduce strain on medical facilities.

Q: What Can I Do To Keep Informed About COVID-19?
A: The best way to protect yourself is to stay updated and informed by credible sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California Department of Public Health, and the Orange County Health Care Agency.