What to do
While there are still zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly and we need to step-up preparedness. Given the high volume of travel between SF and mainland China, it is likely we will see one or more cases eventually. If a San Francisco case is confirmed, the Health Department will make an announcement.
Residents of the Bay Area remain at low risk of becoming infected with this novel (new) coronavirus, unless they have recently traveled to areas with community transmission of the virus, or have come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Your risk for this virus depends on travel history, not on race, ethnicity or culture.
Tips to protect yourself and others
- Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms similar to novel coronavirus
- Get more information if you are traveling
There is no novel coronavirus circulating in San Francisco
San Francisco has zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. If a San Francisco case is confirmed, the Health Department will make an announcement, in cooperation with CDC and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Travel from China
Anyone returning from Mainland China since February 3 will be quarantined by the US Government.
If you are returning from anywhere else in China, stay at home for 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) during this time, contact your health provider, inform them of your travel history and self-isolate at home pending their advice.
Bay Area residents are at low risk of becoming infected
Residents of the Bay Area are at low risk of becoming infected with this novel (new) coronavirus, unless they have recently traveled to Mainland China or have come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Do I need to wear a mask or cancel my social activities?
There is no recommendation to wear masks or cancel your activities at this time. The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures such has consistent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into your arm, staying home when sick, and getting a flu shot to help prevent illness and symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus.
Stay up to date with the novel coronavirus information on the Center for Disease Control website. You can print out our fact sheet in English, Chinese, Filipino and Spanish.
Public health officials are taking action
Public health officials are taking action to protect the public. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the outbreak. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.