WHAT IS COVID-19?
WHAT ARE CORONAVIRUSES?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Some coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, although some can cause more serious illness. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious disease that is rapidly spreading throughout the world. The infections has spread so far and so quickly it has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and almost all major nations across the World. People are strongly encouraged to take the following common sense precautions to prevent the further spread of this and all similar infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses.
EXPOSURE AND SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. Call your local health department for further guidance. Before going to a health care provider, clinic, hospital or emergency room, call ahead to describe your symptoms and how you may have been exposed to the virus. In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1.
County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Information (Click here)
Eviction Moratorium (Click here)
Hand-Sewn Mask Donations (Click here)
(VMC Foundation is now accepting donations of reusable, hand-sewn masks. These masks will be used by non-patient care staff as added protection as we face the COVID-19 crisis. Mask-making and donation instructions can be found at the link.)
Temporary Housing Provided to All Known Un-housed Individuals with COVID-19 (Click here)
(The County of Santa Clara has identified housing for every COVID-19 positive individual in the County who needs housing assistance.)
Job Resources (Click here)
(One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.)
Resources for Small Business under CARES Act (Click here)
County of Santa Clara - Benefits (Click here)
Stop the Spread of Germs (Click here)
Second Harvest Food Bank
School Closure Meal Sites (Click here)
CDC Resources (Click here)