Novel Coronavirus Information
What You Need to Know
The virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in Los Angeles County nor in the United States. The immediate risk to the general public in Los Angeles County is low. Public Health is carefully assessing this situation as it evolves.
The novel coronavirus is a new type of virus that recently started making people sick. It started in mainland China but is now also infecting people in other countries. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. As it is a new virus, we are learning more each day.
How is it spread?
Through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person.
What are the symptoms?
Fever, Difficulty Breathing, Cough, Severe Illness
What can I do to protect myself and others from respiratory infections like novel coronavirus?
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Limit close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
- Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
YouTube Video from World Health Organization (WHO):