How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

It’s important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent spread of coronavirus.

  • Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home. 
  • Vulnerable (high risk) individuals are encouraged to stay at home.
  • Wear a face covering when in public, if maintaining six feet of physical distance from others is not possible. Read some Face Covering FAQs here.
  • When in public, maximize physical distance from others (at least six feet). 
  • Maintain good hygiene practices by washing hands, using hand sanitizer, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • Gathering with others who are not part of your household is not allowed.

If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance.

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infections.

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1. What is COVID-19?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. How severe is COVID-19?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?
6. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
7. How is COVID-19 treated?
8. I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What do I do?
9. Should I wear a face mask in public?
10. Who should get tested?
11. What has changed about testing availability?
12. Where can I get tested?
13. Can individuals visit Placer County Public Health and test for coronavirus?
14. I do not have health insurance and do not have a doctor. If I think I have contracted COVID-19, what do I do?
15. What is a quarantine and why is it used?
16. Is quarantine different from isolation?
17. How does self-quarantine work?
18. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
19. What is the current situation in California and Placer County?
20. What can I do to prepare for COVID-19?
21. What is Public Health recommending to help contain the spread of COVID-19?
22. Can you tell me more about what areas to avoid?
23. What should I do if someone known to be exposed with coronavirus visits our facility?
24. Where can I get an antibody test?
25. How can I contribute to help those impacted by COVID-19?
26. How can I access food, mental health, unemployment or other resources?
27. What are antigen tests? Is it required to retest negative results with a PCR test?