COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. During the evolution of this virus, one thing remains true: prevention is the best way to avoid COVID-19. Learn what precautions you can take to protect yourself and others.
Understanding Your Risk
Understanding the risk of COVID-19 for yourself and those around you can help you make informed decisions to keep you safe and healthy. For specific groups, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greater.
- Older adults
- People who are immunocompromised
- People with preexisting medical conditions
- People with asthma
How to Protect Yourself
In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing, the following help protect you from COVID-19.
Staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines
Vaccines and boosters reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine page (link) for more information.
Wear a mask to protect yourself and others
Despite the decrease in cases, Public Health still recommends the use of masks, especially for the immunocompromised and in large crowds or places where you don’t know the vaccination status of others. For up to date masking guidance, visit this website from the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department.
Follow CDC recommendations after a possible exposure to COVID-19
Avoiding contact with people who have COVID-19, whether or not they feel sick, can reduce your risk of contracting the virus. However, if you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, stop the spread of COVID in our community by following these guidelines.