Volunteerism and What You Can Do- Stay Safe Volunteering
How can I be careful while helping others?
Wear a Face Mask
In line with LA County Department of Public Health guidance, face coverings are an additive measure you can take when making essential trips outside the home to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. The most important measure is physical distancing of six feet or more. Face coverings can be helpful in locations like the grocery store where it’s hard to physically distance. Please continue to leave medical grade face masks like N95 and surgical masks for healthcare workers and other essential workers.
For more information about cloth face masks, including how to care for one, check out this guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
Use Hygienic Practices
If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands often for at least twenty seconds. Cover your cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Keep Your Distance
Practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between yourself and others, avoid shaking hands, and avoid crowded areas. If you have a chronic disease, a compromised immune system or are over 60 or pregnant, avoid unnecessary travel and unnecessary gatherings and events.
If you are feeling sick and experiencing any symptoms, stay at home and away from others, especially those who are more susceptible to COVID-19.
The City developed a website for up to date information. Also check the CDC’s website and the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s website for up to date information. Sign up for SM Alerts for up to date information.
Check Your Health
Monitor your health and talk to a medical professional if you recently traveled in an area with coronavirus infections; have been in contact with someone who tested positive; or are showing symptoms. Be cautious about helping others if any of these apply to you. Talk to a medical professional, either by calling your local provider or using telemedicine. Only call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency. Guidance for what to do if you think you’re sick or exposed can be found here.