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4/2/2020 CA Hotline Services & Help for Older Californians: Governor Newsom Launches Campaign to Protect Health and Well-being of Older Californians during COVID-19 Outbreak
3/25/20 County of Los Angeles: COVID-19 News for Senior – LA City/County Elder Nutrition Program
3/19/20 CalMatters.Org: Now that COVID-19 has swept CA, are you wondering what you can and can’t do?
3/16/20 California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH): COVID19 Guidance on Self-Isolation for Older Adults and Those Who Have Elevated Risk
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Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source. It is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Spread happens when we breathe droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Patients with COVID-19 have had a mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
Watch the CDC YouTube video about washing your hands.
Practice these procedures at home and, if necessary, when leaving the home!
If you are sick, you should:
Most people with coronavirus illness will recover on their own. Although there are no specific treatments for illness caused by coronavirus, you can take the following actions to relieve symptoms, if you are mildly sick:
If you are concerned about your symptoms, please contact your doctor.
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your travel for up to 2 weeks. If you start to show symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don't go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes: