PREVENTION

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Transmission of the virus is believed to be through contact with respiratory droplets, such as from a cough or sneeze, from an infected person. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The risk of COVID-19 infection to our community is low. However, public health experts recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of common respiratory viruses, such as the flu, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
    • Avoid touching your 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 the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Self-Monitoring vs. Isolation vs. Quarantine
Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. Those who develop symptoms should seek medical attention (remember to call ahead and wear a surgical mask when arriving at the health care facility) and notify your county public health department. Links for the websites of Colusa, Lake, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties’ Public Health departments are listed in the resource section of the page.

Isolation means separating a person (or group of people) known or believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease.

Quarantine means separating a person (or group of people) believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet showing symptoms, from others who have not been exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

When to Discontinuing Home Isolation
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS? Please do the following:

Stay home and seek medical assistance.

Contact your health care provider. It is recommended that you call ahead and not just show up at their offices.

  1. If you do not have a health care provider, contact the college health services office by telephone: Woodland Community College: (530) 661-7758; Yuba College: (530) 740-1749.
    If the college health services office is not available, you should contact the county public health office in which you reside.

  • Colusa County Public Health: (530) 458-0250
  • Glenn County Public Health: (530) 934-6588
  • Lake County Public Health: (707) 263-1090
  • Sutter County Public Health: (530) 822-7215
  • Yolo County Public Health: (530) 666-8643
  • Yuba County Public Health: (530) 749-6311

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

  • People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

    Wear a face mask when you are around other individuals.

    Continue to follow the recommended prevention measures.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your 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 the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items – dishes, cups, towels, bedding, etc…
    • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

    Monitor your symptoms

    • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
    • Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
    • If you have a medical emergency and call 911, notify the dispatcher that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

    What to do if experiencing symptoms

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GENERAL INFORMATION

    Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which cause respiratory illnesses. The common coronaviruses that infect humans cause symptoms of the common cold: low grade fever, cough, sneezing and a runny nose. COVID-19 is a new virus that we haven’t seen before. Many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

    What are the Symptoms?
    Confirmed COVID-19 patients, have documented illnesses ranging from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Most common symptoms may include: fever, coughing, shortness of breath & difficulty breathing, runny nose, headache, general feeling of not being well

    How is COVID-19 Spread?
    Current understanding about how COVID-19 spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

    • Person-to-person spread
      The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within approximately 6 feet).Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
      It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
    • Can someone spread the virus without being sick? People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms and there have been reports of this occurring with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
    • How easily does the virus spread? How easily a virus spreads can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained. COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and is sustainable (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

    RESOURCES

    03.11.2020 California Dept. of Public Health Gathering Guidance

    Colusa County: https://www.countyofcolusa.org/99/Public-Health

    Lake County: http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus.htm

    Sutter County: https://www.suttercounty.org/or https://www.suttercounty.org/newscenter/item/1219

    Yolo County: https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/coronavirus

    Yuba County: https://www.yuba.org/departments/emergency_services/coronavirus.php

    California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

    California Community Colleges: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

    World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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