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Protect Yourself, Your Family and Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

In recent days, King County is experiencing the highest COVID-19 case counts to date. In light of these increases, we're sharing Dr. Jeff Duchin's November 6, 2020, press briefing about the rising numbers and what is needed to turn around this outbreak.

Protect Yourself, Your Family and Help Slow the Spread

  • Wear a face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.
    • Choose a face covering with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric that fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others who don't live with you, particularly in crowded areas.
    • The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you will be exposed to COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands. Use soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available.
  • Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, particularly ones that aren't well ventilated.


What Symptoms to Watch For

  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list is not all possible symptoms.
  • Please consult your medical provider for other severe or concerning symptoms.
  • Basic FAQ on Coronavirus


If You are at High Risk of Getting Very Sick


What to Do If You're Sick

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and recover at home without medical care.
  • Isolate yourself from other family members to prevent spread to them and the people they may have contact with, like grandparents.
    • If you have to leave isolation, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from others, wash your hands frequently, and clean all touched surfaces.
  • Even if you don't feel sick, you can spread COVID-19 to others. Be sure you protect everyone as though they are the most fragile person in your family.
  • Get care immediately for emergency warning signs, like trouble breathing, pain, or pressure in the chest.
  • King County COVID-19 Testing Locations


Scheduling & Activities (from the Washington Department of Health)

  • Even if your family is isolated or quarantined, it is temporary.
  • Keep your family's schedule consistent such as bedtimes, meals, and exercise.
  • Make time to do things at home that have made you and your family feel better in other stressful situations, such as reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, exercising, or engaging in religious activities.
  • Have children participate in distance learning opportunities that may be offered by their schools or other institutions/organizations.
  • Recognize feelings such as loneliness, boredom, fear of contracting disease, anxiety, stress, and panic are normal reactions to a stressful situation such as a pandemic.
  • Help your family engage in fun and meaningful activities consistent with your family and cultural values.