From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 150 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, WHO characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.

How Can People Protect Themselves:

Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.
  • Stay home as much as possible. If you absolutely must go out in public, try to keep 6 feet away from others.

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath call your health care provider first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; and bluish lips or face. This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. If you have an emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before first responders arrive.

Additional Resources:

  • For information from the CDC on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, click here.
  • For information from the CDC on what to do if you are sick, click here.
  • For information and resources from the CDC for state, local, territorial and tribal health departments, click here.
  • Visit SanDiegoCounty.Gov or for local public health and safety Information.
  • For the latest updates on my response to the coronavirus, subscribe to my newsletter or visit my website at MikeLevin.House.Gov.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance addresses critical questions such as:

  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:

Información en español

¿Qué es un nuevo coronavirus? 

Un nuevo coronavirus (CoV) es un coronavirus que no ha sido identificado con anterioridad. El virus que está causando la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) no es el mismo que los coronavirus que circulan comúnmente entre los seres humanos y que causan enfermedades leves, como el resfriado común.

Un diagnóstico de coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43 o HKU1 no es lo mismo que un diagnóstico de COVID-19. Son virus diferentes y los pacientes con COVID-19 serán evaluados y atendidos en forma diferente a los pacientes con un diagnóstico de coronavirus comunes.

¿Cuales son los síntomas?

En los casos confirmados de la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), las enfermedades reportadas han variado de tener síntomas leves a enfermedades graves, y hasta produjeron muertes. Los síntomas pueden incluir:

  • Fiebre
  • Tos
  • Dificultad para respirar

¿Qué puedo hacer para ayudar a protegerme?

Visite la página sobre Prevención y tratamiento del COVID-19 para informarse más acerca de cómo protegerse contra las enfermedades respiratorias, como el COVID-19.

Para obtener más información sobre Covid-19, visite el sitio web de los CDC.