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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.

 

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Five Winter Virus Prevention Tips
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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

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: Ventilate Indoor Spaces
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Test Before and After Gatherings
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Stay Home & Test if Sick
Gather Safer This Holiday Season: Celebrate Outdoors When Possible

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Reduce your chances of getting COVID-19, flu, and other viruses this holiday season. Get vaccinated and boosted, stay home & test if sick, wear a mask, ventilate indoor spaces, and gather outdoors when possible. Learn more: https://covid19.ca.gov/holidays

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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

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