Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of contracting an infection is low, but there are steps that individuals can take to help minimize and prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information please visit cdc.gov. To view the latest COVID-19 tracking information for Los Angeles County and the City of Arcadia, please visit the County's COVID-19 Dashboard.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people, ranging from the common cold to respiratory disease of more severity. A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans. Knowledge continues to evolve with time about this newly emerging infectious disease.
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What are the symptoms?
Individuals who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Severe illness (sickness)
- Repeated shaking will chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
How is it treated?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus infection, although scientists at the National Institute of Health reported they are going to take steps towards the development of a vaccine. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
How can I protect myself?
The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching face (eyes, nose, and mouth) with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
- Wear face coverings whenever there can be contact with anyone who does not live in your household.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice social distancing; avoid groups; maintain at least 6 feet from others.
What should I do if I traveled from overseas and feel sick?
If you were recently in an area that is currently experiencing a high infection rate of COVID-19 and feel sick with a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
- Self-quarantine and avoid contact with others.
- Not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
LA County is offering free, same-day COVID-19 tests by appointment for ALL Los Angeles County residents whether they are experiencing symptoms or not. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Priority for the same or next day testing is still given to people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Testing is also prioritized for certain critical front-line workers who interact with the public while working.
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What Do Face Coverings Do?
Significant emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies show masks reduce the spray of microscopic respiratory droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. This is called source control.
A face covering limits the spread of respiratory droplets from every person wearing a face covering that fits snugly over their mouth and nose. The simple piece of fabric stops many of your respiratory droplets from reaching those around you.
Because we have no way of knowing if we (or those around us) are infected with COVID-19, the best strategy is to ALWAYS wear a face covering when around people that aren't part of your household, and to ask that those around you wear a face covering as well.
Face coverings can feel uncomfortable, but they really do protect us all. And while we look forward to a time when we don't have to wear them-we're not there yet.
Don't forget: 1) Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; 2) Masks with exhalation valves (or vents) should NOT be worn to help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others; and 3) Adhere to the modifications and restrictions that are working to get us back to slowing the spread again.
Federal Guidance – coronavirus.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – cdc.gov
State of California Guidance – covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health – cdph.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – publichealth.lacounty.gov
National Domestic Violence Hotline – thehotline.org – (800) 799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – suicidepreventionlifeline.org – (800) 273-8255