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How to care for yourself and your family during COVID-19

How to care for some during a pandemic

You may be worried about getting COVID-19. You protect yourself by wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet apart from others. Another way you can stay healthy is to see your doctor for a routine checkup. And call the doctor if you are sick.

Here’s what you can do to keep you and your family healthy during a pandemic..
  • Get your shots. Children need vaccines to stay healthy. Adults need shots during flu season too. Call your doctor to find out what shots your family needs. 
  • Schedule your check-up. See your doctor even though you feel healthy. Your doctor can look for health problems and tell you how to stay well. Your doctor will tell you what screenings and tests you need. 
  • Get help if someone is sick. It is safe to see your doctor and go to the hospital. A lot of people are staying home even though they are very sick. Some people are ignoring signs of a heart attack or other problems. If you wait too long, the doctor might not be able to help you. 
  • Get a COVID-19 test. Anyone who has COVID-19 signs or symptoms can get a test. This can be a fever, cough, or breathing problems. Call your doctor to find out where you can go.

Keep others safe. COVID-19 is easy to catch and spread to others. Here is what you can do to protect your family!

  • Isolate. If you have COVID-19 or think you have it, you might be able to rest at home. But you must stay away from others. You will also need your own room, bathroom, and personal things, like towels, if possible. 
  • Quarantine. If you have been with a person who has COVID-19, you must stay away from others. You might have the virus even though you do not feel sick. Some people never feel sick. Watch for symptoms for at least 14 days after you were with the person who has the virus. This is the difference between quarantine and isolation.
  • Free temporary housing. There are places you can go if there is no room to isolate or quarantine in your home. The Orange County Health Care Agency will pay for a hotel room where you can be safe and away from others. They have plenty of rooms. Call 211 for more information.