California COVID-19 Guidelines

Take our quiz to see how much you know about current rules

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Welcome to 2020 and the worldwide pandemic called COVID-19. Although you would have to be a hermit living in a mountain cave to not know about the pandemic, the various official guidance and orders have shifted repeatedly, which can make it hard to keep up.

This multiple-choice quiz will test how well you know the California guidelines as of September. (If you need a refresher, visit covid19.ca.gov.)

  1. In California, all of the following must close indoor operations EXCEPT …(Select the best answer.)
    A. Dine-in restaurants
    B. Movie theaters
    C. Hospitals
    D. Zoos and museums
    E. Wineries
  2. In counties in the “Widespread” status tier, the following must either close or switch to operating outside with social distancing: (Select all that apply.)
    A. Gyms/fitness centers, yoga and dance studios
    B. Places of worship and cultural ceremonies like weddings or funerals
    C. Aquariums and zoos
    D. Grocery stores
    E. Museums
  3. What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19? (Select all that apply.)
    A. Dry cough
    B. Fever (temperature above 100°F)
    C. Sore throat
    D. New loss of taste or smell
    E. Diarrhea
  4. Employer resources are supported by which government programs to protect employees and reduce spread of COVID-19? (Select all that apply.)
    A. COVID-19 sick leave
    B. Workers’ compensation
    C. Paid Family Leave
    D. Vacation time
  5. Who is at the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19? (Select all that apply.)
    A. Young adults
    B. People with low immunity or who are immune- suppressed
    C. The elderly, especially those with other health conditions
    D. Children under 12
  6. What are helpful preventive measures to boost your immune system? (Select all that apply.)
    A. Vitamin C, D and zinc supplements
    B. Green tea
    C. Echinacea supplement
    D. None of these
  7. What are the best ways to avoid contracting COVID-19? (Select all that apply.)
    A. Social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more between people)
    B. Frequent, effective handwashing, including friction, soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds
    C. Taking antihistamines every day
    D. Avoiding touching your nose, mouth or eyes
  8. Which type of mask is most effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19?
    (Select the best answer.)
    A. Surgical mask
    B. N95 respirator
    C. Copper-infused mask
    D. Fitted cotton mask
    E. Bandana or scarf
  9. When should you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer? (Select all that apply.)
    A. When you arrive from outside and before leaving work
    B. Before and after gloving
    C. Before and after using a restroom
    D. After touching any high-contact surfaces, including phones
    E. When you first wake up in the morning
  10. For how long should you wash your hands? (Select all that apply.)
    A. 5 to 10 seconds
    B. Long enough to sing the first two verses of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics
    C. 20 to 30 seconds
    D. Just long enough to get them wet. 


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HEATHER M. WALSH, RN, MSN-Ed., CNL, CHEP, is a registered nurse with decades of diverse experience in adult critical care, infection control, public health advocacy and educating new nurses and nursing instructors at colleges and universities in Southern California.

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