WHAT IS COVID-19?
There is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. While most COVID-19 cases were initially associated with travel, person-to-person spread is now being reported in other places, including Iowa.
WHO IS THE MOST VULNERABLE?
People who are 65 years or older, people who have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthmas, people who are taking cancer treatments, serious heart conditions, pregnant women, BMI >40, people who are obese or have diabetes, liver disease or renal failure.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for
confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period
of MERS-CoV viruses).
New Loss of Taste or Smell
Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
Less Common: Stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting
When to seek help
PERSISTENT PAIN OR PRESSURE IN THE CHEST
CONFUSION OR INABILITY TO RISE
BLUE-ISH LIPS OR FACE
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
USE HAND SANITIZER
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
How you can protect OTHERS
I CAN’T WORK
Iowa Workforce Development is working quickly to bring relief to people who have been affected by COVID-19.
I NEED A DOCTOR
What if my symptoms are getting worse?
Can I still call 9-1-1?
I HAVE A FAMILY
What should I do if I am sick but I have people living with me? How do I keep them safe?