COVID-19: Learn the Facts, How to Protect Yourself, and Where to Get Tested

COVID-19: Learn the Facts, How to Protect Yourself, and Where to Get Tested

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.

Read article here

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

Taking Care of Your Body During a Pandemic: Daily Walks, Workouts, and Dancing!

Taking Care of Your Body During a Pandemic: Daily Walks, Workouts, and Dancing!

A lot of our daily routines have halted like driving to work or school, meeting up with friends, and working out. While some of these are still not yet safe to do, there are ways to shift these activities into our new reality. Gyms will most likely be one of the last public spaces in California to open but we have gathered some tips for you to stay fit at home! 

Tips: 

  • Youtube workouts: There’s plenty of workout videos on Youtube that you can follow along to. Try searching for what fits your environment! For example workouts in small spaces, backyard workouts, low impact workouts, no equipment workout, etc.
  • Outdoor Workouts: While gyms are not open, outdoor activities are still open for you to safely participate in. This includes going for a walk, running, hiking at your local trails.  Just make sure to follow the CDC guidelines of staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a mask. Find your local open state park here: State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center
  •  Working out with others: Feeling lonely? Don´t feel too down, you can still work out with others without having to leave your home. Set up a time for you and your friends to work out together via facetime, zoom, etc. Follow an online video or influencer, or switch it up and have someone in your group lead!
  • Daily routine: Little activities like dancing, cleaning, taking your pet for a walk all count as a fitness activity, add fitness into your daily routine and you’ll forget you’re even working out.

Staying fit is not only good for your body but your mental health as well. It allows you to destress and get away from the overwhelming amount of news that is currently happening. But at the same time, we also understand that what’s going on in the world might make it difficult to do things like getting up and being active. Remember to be patient with yourself, you are doing the best you can. Taking a break and just staying in bed, is taking care of yourself and your body just as much. 

 

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the stress we have all collectively felt throughout this year. From being personally affected by the virus to losing our jobs, transitioning to distanced learning, and so much more. All the emotions you have felt and continue to feel are completely valid. We also acknowledge how difficult it may be to be home at this time. College is an escape for many of us for a wide array of reasons. As low-income first-generation students, we do not often have our own space to focus solely on schoolwork. It is important to establish boundaries during this time with your family, siblings, or whoever you share a space with. Since the pandemic continues to bring uncertainty, it continues to cause anxiety and stress in our communities. It is important to practice self-care and take care of ourselves and our mental health. Mental Health resources are also not always accessible, however we have provided a few resources below that will help with practicing self-care.

  •  Self Care Interactive Guide: Self-care is important, and you deserve to devote some time to it. This is an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self-care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals.
  • Care for Your Anxiety: COVID-19 has caused anxiety for many of us, especially with the increasing number of cases in California. Use this toolkit to care for your anxiety by meditating, finding tips to feel at ease, and find support.
  • Apps like Headspace help with meditation and breathing techniques. Download them to find the best fit for you.
    • If you are an LA resident, you will have access to Headspace for free until December 31st. College students can pay $9 for a yearly subscription.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources:
    • Taking Care of Your Emotional Health: It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
    • Coping With Stress: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/