The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. Because this is a new virus, people did not have any immunity to it when the outbreak began. Some folks have very mild symptoms while others suffer severe respiratory illness, even death.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. WHO declares a pandemic when a new virus emerges and spreads around the world that most people do not have immunity to.
The information on these pages will help you learn more about this disease and how to stay safe. Please let us know if you have any questions. We're here to help.
Find out if I am eligible for a booster vaccination - California Department of Public Health - 12/12/22
Find out how to get vaccinated and boosted in San Francisco - 1/11/23 sf.gov
Learn more about vaccines - are they safe? - 1/23/23 CDC
Find the latest mask guidance - 9/22/22 California Department of Public Health
Know when to wear a mask in San Francisco - 6/16/22 sf.gov
Get free rapid antigen (not PCR) covid tests mailed to my home - U.S. government
Get tested in San Francisco - sf.gov
How I can help if I am witnessing violence or racism - Stop AAPI Hate
Learn more about COVID-19 - Johns University free online courses
Find COVID-19 information in Other Languages - Fact sheets from the California Department of Public Health in 16 languages.
9 Best Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area - All within a short drive. Beautiful views in interesting locations! By Conde Nast Traveler
Coping with Stress - See here some healthy ways to cope with stress as well as phone numbers for help if you or a loved one are in crisis.
12 Photo Projects You Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Take the A - Z challenge, create a photo scavenger hunt for the family, or turn your meal into a fine art project with help from PhotographyTalk.
7 Things to Do if You Can't Leave the House - The Internet Archive has tons of free things to do online. Watch cult movies like Night of the Living Dead, film noir, historic comedies, and more! Play classic DOS games like PacMan or online board games such as Mah Jong. Listen to concerts! Find all this and much more here.
9 Best Herbs and Vegetables You Can Grow Indoors in Water - Regrow some vegetable and herb scraps in water in your kitchen to use in your cooking.
How to Cut Your Hair at Home - Directions and videos for short, long, curly, toddlers, bangs, mens, and womens hair.