Protect Yourself and Others

Last updated 8/14/2023.

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

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Hospital Admission 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 Hospital Admission Levels.


  • Put together your COVID-19 plan so you have all information you need on hand if you get sick with
  • If you test positive and are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, treatments are available that can reduce your chances of being hospitalized or dying from the disease.
    • 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.
  • For general questions about COVID-19, resources, or if you are uninsured, call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 San Diego website.
  • 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.