Overview

we are dedicated to the safety of our patients and caregivers. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.

Please use our website to learn about the steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 resources* or the CDPH’s COVID-19 page**.

* “COVID-19 resources” should have a hyperlink to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

** “COVID-19 page” should have a hyperlink to https://covid19.ca.gov/

What are common symptoms?

Individuals with COVID-19 may commonly experience…

  • Fever of chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms may range from mild to severe and may appear anywhere from two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus.

Per the CDC, you should seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain/pressure, confusion, bluish lips/skin, or have trouble waking up/staying awake.

What are common symptoms?

Individuals with COVID-19 may commonly experience…

  • Fever of chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms may range from mild to severe and may appear anywhere from two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus.

Per the CDC, you should seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain/pressure, confusion, bluish lips/skin, or have trouble waking up/staying awake.

How can you stay safe?

COVID-19 is highly infectious, but you can take steps to minimize your risk of infection.

Social Distancing

The best thing you can do to avoid COVID-19 is to avoid close contact with other people by staying at home. If you do have to leave your home, be sure to stay at least 6 feet (or two arms’ lengths) away from other people. Remember that people may infect you even if they do not exhibit any symptoms.

Masks

The CDC also recommends wearing a mask in public settings. By wearing a mask, you can protect other people in case you are infected. Wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Your mask should cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against your face. Do not wear a mask around your neck, under your nose, on your chin, or dangling from one ear. When removing a mask, carefully stretch the ear loops then fold the outside corners together. Be sure to handle your mask only by the ear loops as the mask itself may be contaminated. Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.

Cloths masks may be washed with your laundry using laundry detergent and the warmest possible water. It should be dried using the highest heat setting available on your dryer.

Hand Washing

After you have been in a public place, you should be sure to wash your hands using the proper technique.

  1. Wet your hands with warm or cold water
  2. Apply soap
  3. Lather the soap thoroughly. Be sure to lather between your fingers, under your fingernails, and around your wrists.
  4. Rinse your hands with clean water
  5. Don’t forget to dry your hands using a clean paper or cloth towel, if possible. Research has shown that drying using a paper/cloth towel reduces germ count.

How does COVID-19 differ from Influenza?

As both COVID-19 and Influenza are respiratory illnesses, they have many common characteristics. However, they also have key differences.

  • Both COVID-19 and Influenza may cause symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and body aches. However, COVID-19 may also affect a person’s sense of taste or smell.
  • Symptoms of both COVID-19 and Influenza may not appear right away. Influenza symptoms typically appear 1 to 4 days after infection, while COVID-19 symptoms typically appear after 5 days. However, COVID-19 symptoms could appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after infection.
  • Individuals with COVID-19 or Influenza may spread the virus before experiencing any symptoms. Individuals with Influenza are generally contagious from a day before experiencing symptoms up to seven days. Individuals with COVID-19 may be contagious two days before experiencing symptoms up to ten days.
  • Both COVID-19 and Influenza can spread between people who are in close contact with each other. Infected individuals produce droplets when they cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land on other people or on nearby surfaces. If a person touches a surface that has the virus on it, then touches their face, they may be infected. It is important to be aware of the fact that COVID-19 is more contagious compared to influenza, particularly among susceptible groups