What is COVID-19? 

Coronavirus is a type of virus. There are different kinds such as the coronavirus that commonly circulates among humans and causes mild illness, like the common cold. The newly identified coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has caused a worldwide pandemic of a respiratory illness called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This new coronavirus emerged in China in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, a new loss of taste and smell, diarrhea, headache, new fatigue, nausea or vomiting and congestion or runny nose. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness. In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to respiratory problems, kidney failure or death. 

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

Currently, there is no coronavirus vaccine yet. Since the new coronavirus can be spread from person to person, it is important to use a face mask covering your nose and mouth and practice physical distancing. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing, coughing into the bend of your elbow, and staying home when you are sick. Read more about ways to protect yourself

How is COVID-19 diagnosed and treated?

Diagnosis may be difficult with a physical exam because mild cases of COVID-19 may resemble the flu or a bad cold. A laboratory test can only confirm the diagnosis. As of now, there is no specific treatment for the virus. People who become sick from COVID-19 are treated with supportive measures: those that relieve symptoms. For severe cases, additional options for treatment can be research drugs and therapeutics. 

COVID-19 & students

University campuses across the United States are seeing a rise in positive COVID-19 due to campuses reversing back to in-person classes and students going back to dormitories. Notre Dame officials said that a majority of their cases can be traced to a SINGLE off-campus gathering. Students not wearing masks and gathering in large crowds has added to the rising positive cases universities have seen.

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Free testing sites in the 9 regions in California 

Superior California 

Testing sites in Stanislaus County 

North Coast

San Francisco Bay Area

Additional testing sites in the San Francisco Bay Area 

Northern San Joaquin Valley 

Central Coast

This includes testing sites in Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County 

Testing Sites for San Luis Obispo 

Southern San Joaquin Valley

Inland Empire: This includes various testing sites in Riverside County and San Bernardino County 

Los Angeles County

Orange County 

Testing site for those with symptoms 

San Diego – Imperial 

Others

Testing sites throughout the state of California 

Testing sites throughout California and participating states 

Testing sites in the United States 

Mythbusters 

FACT: The coronavirus disease is caused by a virus,  NOT a bacteria 

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Antibiotics do not work against viruses. In some cases, people who become ill with COVID-19 may develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a healthcare provider. 

FACT: The prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency

  • The prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable, however, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally. Do not reuse a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp. 

FACT: There are currently no drugs licensed for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19

  • While several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19.

FACT: 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19

  • Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks. 

FACT: The COVID-19 virus can spread in hot and humid climates

  • The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in any climate, including areas with hot and humid weather. Additionally, there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill new coronavirus or other diseases. 

Sources: 

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters