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Winter Virus Prevention

This Winter season, celebrate and gather in ways that limit the spread of respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu, and COVID-19. Follow these five tips to protect yourself and others from winter viruses:

  • Get Vaccinated, Boosted (and Treated)— Flu and COVID-19 vaccines continue to be your best defense to limit severe illness and death—and you can get both at the same time. If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your doctor or a test-to-treat site immediately to seek treatment. Treatments work best when started right after symptoms begin.
  • Stay Home if You're Sick and Test for COVID—Staying home when you're sick slows the spread of flu, RSV, and COVID-19. Remember to test for COVID and contact your doctor immediately if you're positive to discuss treatment options.
  • Wear a Mask—There is no vaccine for RSV, so wearing a mask can significantly slow the spread and protect babies and young children who do not yet have immunity and are too young to wear a mask themselves. Wearing a mask in indoor public places is a good way to limit the spread of germs.
  • Wash Your Hands—Frequent handwashing, with soap and warm water—for at least 20 seconds, is an easy and very effective way to prevent getting sick and spreading germs.
  • Cover Your Cough or Sneeze—Remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow, your arm, or a disposable tissue to help prevent the spread of winter viruses. Just make sure to wash your hands or sanitize and dispose of your tissue after.

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Share the following video, Stay Healthy this Winter: Tips to Protect Yourself and Family, featuring California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan, reminding Californians to stay healthy this Winter.

 


Share the following video: RSV, Flu, or COVID-19?

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California Surgeon General Dr. Diana Ramos shares information on RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), flu, and COVID-19 and tips for how to limit the spread in our families and communities.

 

Spanish

La Dra. Diana Ramos, cirujana general de Salud Pública de California, comparte información sobre VSR (virus sincitial respiratorio), Gripe (Influenza), COVID-19 y consejos sobre cómo limitar la propagación en nuestras familias y comunidades.

 

Fact Sheet

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Five Winter Virus Prevention Tips
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5 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Family this Winter

​Arabic Suggested Messaging:

ساعد في حماية نفسك في هذا الشتاء وموسم التجمع في الإجازات وحماية الأشخاص المعرضين للخطر (ولا سيما الأطفال والرضع) من العديد من الفيروسات المنتشرة حاليًا بما في ذلك الانفلونزا وكوفيد 19 و الفيروس التنفسي المخلوي. اعرف المزيد من خلال زيارة الرابط التالي: cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D

​Chinese Simplified Suggested Messaging:
在这个冬天和众多节日聚会的季节,保护您自己和弱势群体(尤其是幼儿和婴儿)免受流行病毒,包括流感、新冠肺炎和呼吸道合胞病毒的侵害。如需了解更多信息,请浏览 cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D
​Chinese Traditional Suggested Messaging:
在這個冬天和眾多節日聚會的季節,保護您自己和弱勢群體(尤其是幼兒和嬰兒)免受流行病毒,包括流感、新冠肺炎和呼吸道合胞病毒的侵害。如需了解更多資訊,請瀏覽 cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D
​Farsi Suggested Messaging: 

این زمستان و فصل تجمع تعطیلات، به محافظت از خود و افراد آسیب پذیر (به ویژه کودکان خردسال و نوزادان) در برابر بسیاری از ویروس های در گردش، از جمله آنفولانزا، کووید-19، و ویروس سنسیتیال تنفسی (RSV) کمک کنید.

 با مراجعه به: cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D بیشتر بیاموزید.

Korean Suggested Messaging: 

이번 겨울과 휴가 모임 시즌에 독감, COVID-19, 호흡기 세포융합 바이러스(RSV)를 포함하여 순환하는 많은 바이러스로부터 자신과 취약계층(특히 어린이와 아기)을 보호하는 데 도움이 됩니다.  다음을 방문하여 자세히 알아보십시오: cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D

Vietnamese ​Suggested Messaging: 

Mùa đông này và mùa lễ hội, xin bảo vệ quý vị và những thành phần có nguy cơ ( đặc biệt là các thiếu nhi và nhi đồng) tránh khỏi nhiều loại virus hiện đang luân chuyển, bao gồm cảm cúm, COVID-19, và VIRUS LIÊN QUAN ĐẾN ĐƯỜNG HÔ HẤP (RSV). Muốn biết thêm xin vào: cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D.

5 ways to protect yourself and your family this winter
Get vaccinated, boosted and treted if you test positive
Stay home if you're sick and test for COVID
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Cover your cough or sneeze

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Winter virus season is here early, and pediatric hospitalizations are on the rise. This Winter and the holiday gathering season, help protect yourself and the vulnerable (especially young children and babies) from many circulating viruses, including the flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Take these measures to help keep yourself and those you love healthy and out of the hospital:

  • Get vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19 and the Flu
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze

Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-160.aspx

Top 5 tips to prevent winter viruses
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Help reduce viruses this winter and gather safer by following these five tips: Get vaccinated and boosted (and treated), stay home & test if sick, wear a mask, wash your hands, and cover your cough/sneeze. Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-167.aspx

Feeling Sick?

Sore throat? Stay home & test.
Congestion or runny nose? Stay home & test.
Have a cough? Stay home & test.
Fever or chills? Stay home & test.
Feeling fatigue? Stay home & test.
Shartness of breath or trouble breathing? Stay home & test.
New loss of tast or smell? Stay home & test.
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Feeling sick? It could be COVID-19 or the flu. Stay home and away from others, take a COVID-19 test, and call your doctor if you feel any symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, or sore throat. 

Learn more about testing: https://covid19.ca.gov/get-tested/#top 




Holiday Gatherings

Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Get Vaccinated & Boosted
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Wear a Mask
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Wash your hands frequently
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Cover your cough or sneeze
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Stay Home & Test if Sick

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Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19, flu, and RSV this holiday season. Get vaccinated and boosted, stay home & test if sick, wear a mask, wash your hands, and cover your cough/sneeze. Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/winter-virus-tips-fact-sheet.pdf

Tips for Parents

Tips for parents about winter viruses
Tips for parents about winter viruses
Tips for parents about winter viruses
Tips for parents about winter viruses
Tips for parents about winter viruses
Tips for parents about winter viruses
Tips for parents about winter viruses
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As a parent or guardian, it's important to be aware of prevention methods to protect your child from winter viruses.

Here are some tips on how to care for your loved ones at home and when you should seek care from a medical provider for your child.

Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-164.aspx


Seek medical care if your child has symptoms
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Winter isn't over yet, and viruses are still circulating that are harmful to young children. If your child is sick and has respiratory illness symptoms, seek medical care immediately. Learn about winter virus prevention at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-160.aspx​ 

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5 MANERAS DE PROTEGERTE Y PROTEGER A TU FAMILIA ESTE INVIERNO
VACÚNATE, PONTE EL REFUERZO Y RECIBE TRATAMIENTO SI DAS POSITIVO
QUÉDATE EN CASA SI ESTÁS ENFERMO Y HAZTE LA PRUEBA DE COVID
USA UNA MASCARILLA
LÁVATE LAS MANOS
TÁPATE LA BOCA AL TOSER O ESTORNUDAR
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La temporada de virus de invierno ha llegado temprano y las hospitalizaciones pediátricas están aumentando. Este invierno y durante la temporada navideña, ayuda a protegerte y a proteger a los más vulnerables (especialmente a los niños pequeños y bebés) de los muchos virus circulantes, incluyendo la gripe, el COVID-19 y el virus respiratorio sincitial (RSV).

Toma estas medidas para ayudar a mantenerte a ti y a tus seres queridos sanos y fuera del hospital: 

  • Vacúnate o ponte el refuerzo contra el COVID-19 y la gripe
  • Quédate en casa cuando estés enfermo
  • Usa una mascarilla
  • Lávate las manos
  • Tápate la boca al toser o estornudar

Obtén más información: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-160.aspx

Tips for Parents

Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
Consejos para padres sobre los virus de invierno
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Como padre o tutor, es importante conocer los métodos de prevención para proteger a tu hijo de los virus de invierno. 

Aquí hay algunos consejos sobre cómo cuidar a tus seres queridos en el hogar y cuándo debes buscar atención de un proveedor médico para tu hijo. 

Obtén más información: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/News-Releases-2022.aspx

Holiday Gatherings

Reunete con mas seguridad esta temporada navidena
Reunete con mas seguridad esta temporada navidena
Reunete con mas seguridad esta temporada navidena
Reunete con mas seguridad esta temporada navidena
Reunete con mas seguridad esta temporada navidena
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Ayuda a prevenir la propagación de los virus respiratorios como el COVID-19, la gripe y el RSV en esta temporada navideña. Vacúnate y ponte el refuerzo, quédate en casa y hazte la prueba si estás enfermo, usa una mascarilla, lávate las manos y tápate la boca al toser / estornudar. Obtén más información: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/winter-virus-tips-fact-sheet.pdf.

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