What you need to know about COVID-19
(The Coronavirus Pandemic)
What is COVID-19?
It is a strong virus that easily spreads.
- It can be spread from person to person by someone infected. If the infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus stays in the air and you breathe it in.
- The virus can also be spread by touch. The virus lives on metal or plastic such as door knobs, hand rails, light switches, phones, computers, tables, counter-tops, toilets, faucets, and sinks. You touch the door knob or other surface. Then, you touch your eyes, nose or mouth and the virus gets in.
What can I do to protect myself?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash hands after blowing your nose and using
- Cover a cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue.
Wash hands after and throw away tissue if used.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay home for the next few weeks. The President and Orange County Public Health Officer have asked every person to stay home for the next few weeks. Do not gather in private or public groups. Go out only when needed to get food or medicine. While this may sound strict, we need to do this to keep the virus from spreading so quickly.
- If you have to go out, please stay 6 feet apart from others as best you can.
What are the signs of COVID-19 illness?
The main signs are fever, cough, and it may feel hard to breathe. You can also have fever and cough with the flu.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
Call your doctor. Your doctor will talk with you and tell you what to do. You can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to lower your fever unless you have been told not to take it.
How serious is COVID-19?
- Most people will start to feel better with rest and fluids.
- Older adults and persons with heart or lung disease, diabetes, in treatment for cancer, and other health problems are less able to fight illness. They can get very sick and even die. We all must work to protect these people from this virus.
What to do if I am feeling lonely, scared or bored?
Call a family member or friend. We all need to stay close to people we love by using the phone. Use video chat tools too, like FaceTime or Zoom.
How do I get food?
You can go to the grocery store. Call before going as some stores have changed hours. Some stores have hours just for seniors. If you are going to the store and know an older neighbor, ask if you can pick up something for them.
Where can I get help with food and other things I need?
2-1-1 Orange County
Office on Aging Information & Assistance
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Orange County Health Care Agency
Public Information Hotline:
714-628-7085 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily
Health Referral Line: 800-564-8448 (general questions about COVID19)
Text updates: If you wish to receive text message updates about COVID19, text OCCOVID19 to 888777
Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
La Habra Collaborative