COVID-19 information for UCLA Health patients and visitors
We understand patients and visitors may be anxious about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our patients and visitors is our top priority.
Here's what we want you to know.
Is UCLA Health prepared?
Yes. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and complex illnesses and have rigorous infection-prevention protocols. Our infectious disease specialists are highly trained, in continual contact with local, state and federal public health officials and closely monitoring developments.
Should I keep my medical appointment?
Yes. Patients face no additional risk in our hospitals and clinics. Please keep existing appointments unless directed otherwise. All of our hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica and our clinics across Southern California remain open to serve the community.
Coronavirus update video (2/7/20)
Should I wear a facemask?
There is no need to wear a facemask unless you have symptoms of an airborne infectious disease or are in prolonged close contact (about three feet) with a contagious person. Outside of these circumstances, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend use of a facemask by members of the general public.
How dangerous is COVID-19?
The CDC says the immediate health risk to the general public in the U.S. is low even as additional cases are expected. For most people, the novel coronavirus produces a mild illness, and many of those infected don’t even know they have it. As with influenza, in some cases it can lead to serious illness such as pneumonia and death. It appears that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are most susceptible.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Contact your primary care physician if you experience these symptoms and meet the criteria for exposure as determined by the CDC. Public health authorities will determine if you should be tested.
What is UCLA Health doing to protect patients?
We are screening all patients for symptoms and travel history. Those meeting the CDC's criteria are recommended to public health authorities for a COVID-19 test. For patients being tested or confirmed with novel coronavirus, we adhere to rigorous CDC and public health protocols designed to prevent transmission. Visit the UCLA Health COVID-19 information page for more information.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public health officials recommend the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19.
CDC | LA County Department of Public Health | World Health Organization
Visit the UCLA Health COVID-19 information page for more information
An info line has been established for patients with questions: 310-267-3300.