Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, First 5 LA will be gathering information and sharing resources to help partners, parents and L.A. County residents impacted by the crisis.

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COVID-19 — also known as Coronavirus — is a contagious virus that is part of a large family of coronaviruses that cause diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. COVID-19 is also called a novel coronavirus because it is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

In general, transmission of coronaviruses is spread through:

  • Droplets produced through coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and loss of taste/smell. 

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing and by avoiding close social encounters. For information on finding a vaccine, visit:


More County, State and Federal Resource Sites:

The State of California’s COVID-19 Resource Page

L.A. County Department of Public Health: Coronavirus

L.A. County Responds: Confronting COVID-19

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus

211 L.A. County Resource Line – 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.