CDC and CDPH summaries
Updated September 2021
CDC Situation Summary
Most of the United States is experiencing a High level of COVID-19 transmission, according to the COVID-19 Data Tracker. Based on these case rates, it is recommended that anyone who is eligible get vaccinated. Currently, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, CDC recommends all people wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Visit the CDC COVID-19 website for more information about cases in the US, symptoms, testing, vaccines, what to do if you are sick. There is also information for how to protect yourself in different situations, such as travel guidance or how to celebrate the holidays safely.
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Everyday preventive actions include:
- Get vaccinated.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain at least 6' distance from others.
- Wear a mask if you are not vaccinated or in high-risk settings.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- Monitor your health each day and stay home when you are sick.
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC updates the list of symptoms as more is learned about COVID-19. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
See the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker to assess your symptoms.
COVID-19 in California
For information about COVID-19 in California, see the CDPH website for information about state public health orders, current case statistics, how to get tested, how to get local alerts, and what businesses or activities are allowed to open in each county.