How to Protect Yourself

Public health experts all over the world are working hard to manage COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. While they work to find a successful treatment, we can all continue to do our part to slow the spread of infection.

Your efforts to follow the Safer at Work and in the Community order (formerly the Safer at Home order) makes a huge difference. As you know, COVID-19 remains a serious risk. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear a cloth face covering or mask whenever you are around others, and to wash your hands frequently. Below are links to additional information offered by LAC DPH.

Reduce Your Risk of COVID-19 Outside thevHome


Please continue to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Our video featuring L.A. Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Seidman shows you how.


Prevent Infection

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. Practice social distancing, wear a cloth mask in public settings, and follow the Safer at Work and in the Community order.

Also take these daily preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It's best to wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Use hand sanitizer that has at least a 60% alcohol base if soap and water aren't available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid handshakes.


Interested in getting tested for COVID-19? Go to our COVID-19 Testing web page for more information.