NATIONWIDE, BLACK PEOPLE ARE 2.1 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide African Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19 when compared with other racial or ethnic groups. This is made worse by pre-existing health conditions as well as structural racism, socioeconomic status, access to health care, and increased exposure to the virus as a result of one’s job (e.g., frontline, essential, and critical infrastructure workers).
We must all do our part to slow the spread of this disease that is ravaging Black communities and families across this country. This means getting tested, getting your annual flu shot, masking up, social distancing (e.g., at least 6ft apart), avoiding gatherings, and washing your hands frequently. We must remain vigilant!
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Myths & Realities
MYTH: COVID-19 Tests Are Expensive
Reality: If you are unable to get a test from your healthcare provider, the County of San Diego has coordinated free diagnostic COVID-19 testing at many locations. These tests take about 5-10 minutes. Results generally come back in approximately 3 days.
Myth: COVID-19 only affects older adults
Reality: People of all ages can be infected, spread the disease to others, get sick and die.
Myth: It’s dangerous to take ibuprofen or naproxen if you have COVID-19
Reality: There is currently NO evidence of this.
Myth: There is a vaccine for COVID-19
Reality: Vaccines for COVID-19 are still in clinical trials and are NOT available yet. When a vaccine is released, our trusted experts will carefully review the data to ensure the vaccine is both safe and effective for use in our communities.
Myth: Household pets can spread COVID-19
Reality: At this time there is NO evidence that pets spread COVID-19 to people.
Myth: You only need contact tracing if you were around other people while experiencing symptoms.
Reality: Contact tracing is an important part of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and slowing the spread of the virus. The infectious time frame includes 2 days before experiencing symptoms (or 2 days before test date if they never experienced symptoms) until the case was isolated at home.
Myth: Testing negative for COVID-19 means you are immune to the disease
Reality: A negative COVID-19 test only means you don't have it at the time of the test. Those who test negative are still susceptible to infection.
ATTEND A VIRTUAL SESSION
COVID-19 tests are used to evaluate your health for COVID-19 infection and help public health agencies control the virus’ spread. Testing also helps identify specific areas and groups with higher rates of infection. Understanding these patterns is important to protect the public’s health and continue safely reopening the County.
Most testing locations do not require an appointment. Click below to use the map to find information on a testing location near you or call 2-1-1 (toll free).
TAKE THESE STEPS IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE SICK WITH COVID-19:
ISOLATE YOURSELF IF YOU CAN.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness, hospitalization, or death due to COVID-19, including:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus