Diocese of San José responds to Coronavirus
Page updated: 3.21.2020
There are simple steps we can all take to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus:
Be respectful of others by not contributing to the spread of viruses:
- Get a flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms like the one for the novel coronavirus. The flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but it is highly recommended to help keep you healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick or with a fever.
- Keep students at home if they have a fever or report not feeling well, appear weak or ill.
- Consult your health care provider if you or your family member have special health conditions that put you at increased risk.
- Those at higher risk (over 50 and those with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung illnesses like COPD, as well as those who are immunocompromised) are to avoid large gatherings such as sporting events, parades, concerts, etc., where large numbers of people are within arm’s length
Get your household ready:
There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve in the U.S.
- Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.
- Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Learn how your children’s school or daycare, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations, or postponements.
- If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
National and local resources:
The county public health department has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese at http://sccphd.org/coronavirus. The site is updated regularly and contains helpful one-page flyers in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese with these updated guidelines that you may wish to print out and post in your vestibule or office.
We will continue to closely monitor the updated guidance from the County Public Health Department and the CDC to determine the need for additional safety steps to protect the health and well-being of our communities. We join with others in prayer and solidarity for the healing of all who are affected by this outbreak and those who are caring for them, and for the repose of the souls of those who have died from this illness.
What you need to know about the novel (new) Coronavirus
Other Infographics / Flyers
- Guidance for Individuals (PDF)
- Poster: Cover Your Cough (PDF)
- Poster: Wash Your Hands (PDF)
- Poster: Wash Your Hands – For Schools (PDF)