How can I help protect myself?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Visit the CDC website COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment, to learn more about how to protect yourself.

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1. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
2. How does the virus spread?
3. Can Someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
4. What is community spread?
5. What can be done to slow the spread of COVID-19 infection?
6. How can I help protect myself?
7. Should I be tested for COVID-19?
8. How is the County handling the testing process?
9. As a result of Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state, will Merced County add a new testing site?
10. I have symptoms, but my Medical Provider won’t recommend testing. What should I do?
11. Who do I call to receive test results for myself or a patient?
12. I do not have symptoms but would like to test to check for immunity. Is there an antibody (convalescent plasma) test available?
13. I was informed by my doctor/employer/dentist/etc... that I was exposed to COVID-19 and to self-quarantine and get tested. However, my doctor did not provide me with a test because they are limited.
14. Where can I register for an appointment?
15. Do I need a prescription from my medical provider to go to the new testing site?
16. Will the community be notified of confirmed patient information as it becomes available to Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH)?
17. Does an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 twice get counted as two positive cases in the Merced County Confirmed Cases?
18. How frequently can an individual test positive for COVID-19?
19. ¿Cuáles son los síntomas de COVID-19?
20. ¿Cómo se propaga/contagia el virus?
21. ¿Puede que alguien que haya tenido COVID-19 pueda transmitir la enfermedad a otros?
22. ¿Qué es la propagación comunitaria?
23. ¿Qué se puede hacer para retrasar la propagación de la infección por COVID-19?
24. ¿Debo hacerme la prueba de COVID-19?
25. ¿Cómo está manejando el Condado el proceso de prueba?
26. ¿Una persona que da positivo a la prueba de COVID-19 dos veces se cuenta como dos casos positivos en los casos confirmados del condado de Merced?
27. ¿Con qué frecuencia una persona puede dar positivo en la prueba de COVID-19?