Scammers are trying to con people via email, phone and websites, promising quick cures and asking for money to help various causes. Please ignore them and turn to trusted resources for the most reliable updates and advice.
To help you through this difficult time, San Mateo County has established a Call Center that you can reach by dialing 211. It’s available 24/7 in 180 languages. You can also text “coronavirus” to 211211 to get advice. You’ll find answers to many questions on the county Health Department’s COVID-19 web page here.
Refer to the Health Officer Statements on the county’s COVID-19 page to read the most recent directives from Dr. Scott Morrow, our very experienced and newsworthy county health officer. In a New York Times profile, he says, “We are in a rough place, and we are going to have difficult times ahead of us. The measures we are putting in place are temporary, but they will last longer than any of us want. This is the time to unite as a community, come to each other’s aid and dig really deep. Find your best inner self and pull out all the compassion, gratitude and kindness you can.”
The World Health Organization tells how to protect yourself here.
Some good news: Residents of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County can be screened and tested for the virus by a medical technology company in South San Francisco called Verily that is owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Consult your doctor first. Then, if you have symptoms and believe you need to be tested, go to Verily’s website to take a survey to determine your eligibility for the screening.
Many major news outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, have lifted the paywall on coronavirus updates. This New York Times map shows the current number of confirmed cases worldwide and in the U.S. A close-up map of the U.S. is here.