Emergency Operations Center 330 W. Second St. Ottumwa, IA 52501
641-814-8333
ema@wapellocounty.org

SELF CARE

IMPORTANT

If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.

STAY HOME

Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

SEPARATE YOURSELF

Stay away from others: As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

CALL AHEAD TO YOUR DOCTOR

Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.

If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

IF YOU ARE SICK

If you are sick:  Family members or other persons who reside in your home may remain in your home, but you should stay in a specific room away from others in your home and use a separate bathroom (if available).
If you are sick, stay home until:
– You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND other symptoms have improved,
AND at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Homemade Face Mask Guidance

COVER YOUR COUGHS

Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty
Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

AVOID SHARING PERSONAL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.

Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

CLEAN ALL SURFACES

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.
Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.
High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found here:

SEE THE GUIDE

MONITOR SYMPTOMS

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
If you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call first.
Call your doctor or emergency room before going in and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
Wear a facemask: If available, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, cover your coughs and sneezes. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.
Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE GETTING WORSE, CALL YOUR DOCTOR OR GET HELP RIGHT AWAY

Call 9-1-1 if you develop any of these emergency warning signs

Go to CDC Symptom Checker

TROUBLE BREATHING

PAIN OR PRESSURE IN THE CHEST

NEW CONFUSION

INABILITY TO AROUSE

BLUISH LIPS OR FACE

How do I
RETURN TO WORK?

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

IF YOU HAVE HAD SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

You can leave home after these three things have happened:
You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
– AND –
Symptoms have improved
– AND –
at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

REACH OUT

We’re all in this
Together

It’s important to keep a close eye on the warning signs for depression and anxiety during a pandemic. Some of the signs include: 
– Inability to perform daily tasks
􏰁- Rapid mood swings 
– Suddenly depressed or withdrawn

􏰁- Increased agitation verbal threats, violent, out-of-control behavior, destroys property
􏰁- Abusive behavior to self and others, including substance use or self-harm
􏰁- Isolation from school, work, family, friends
􏰁- Paranoia, suspicion and mistrust of people or their actions without evidence or justification

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