Protect Yourself and Others

Page last updated/reviewed 03/09/2023.

There are many ways your actions can help protect you, your household, and your community from severe illness from COVID-19. 

  • The Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels provide information about the amount of severe illness in the community where you are located. 
  • Get tested for COVID-19, if needed.
    • Stay home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
    • Seek treatment if you have COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting very sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Maintain everyday health and hygiene practices, like handwashing.

The following additional prevention actions may be done at any level, but the CDC especially recommends considering in certain circumstances or at medium or high COVID-19 Community Levels.


  • Put together your COVID-19 plan so you have all information you need on hand if you get sick with COVID-19.
  • Test to Treat sites offer no cost, confidential testing and treatment. Please call (888) 634-1123 to schedule an appointment at an OptumServe site for testing and treatment with Paxlovid, if eligible.
    • You may also call SesameCare at (888) 897-1244 to schedule a no-cost telehealth visit, which includes a prescription for treatment with Paxlovid for those who are eligible.
  • Many resources are available through 2-1-1 San Diego for people who have been affected by COVID-19, including the County Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance Program as well as other resources. Call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 San Diego website for more information.
  • Resources from the federal government, like free masks, treatment options, vaccines, at-home testing kits, and guidance are available to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19. Visit or call 1-800-232-0233 for more information.