What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) is just one of a large family of coronaviruses. Most members of this family cause mild cough and cold symptoms. What made COVID-19 special is that it was a new type of coronavirus for humans and spread very easily person to person. This allowed COVID-19 to move quickly across the globe. Some viruses are pretty mild, but, unfortunately, COVID-19 can cause severe illness with lung infections, as well as effects on the heart, nervous system, and kidneys. As we have seen, it can also cause death, particularly in some groups such as people with underlying heart disease, kidney disease, obesity and problems with their immune system. Older age can also make you more vulnerable. Please check this page regularly for updated information.
During the time COVID has been circulating, we have learned a lot about how it spreads, how it causes infection, what the infections can do, and most importantly, how to help prevent and treat the infection.
The California Department of Public Health has an excellent information page about all things COVID. Please read up to help keep you, your family and your community safe.