Safety advice from state Department of Public Health

The following general safety precautions are recommended by the California Department of Public Health.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. (As water restrictions are in effect in Santa Cruz, please turn the water off between wetting your hands and rinsing them.) Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • If you get sick with flu, it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.