Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

The Iowa Department of Public Health is updating the number of cases regularly on their website. They also have guidance information available. To access this information, please visit: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus


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Updated 3/25/2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Iowa Department of Public Health is updating the number of cases regularly on their website. They also have guidance information available. To access this information, please visit: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus


What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some infect animals, some infect people, some infect both. There are 7 of these viruses known to infect humans. 4 of them are common and result in mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. Most people are infected with at least one in their lifetime. 3 of them are rare (MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and 2019-nCoV) and can cause more severe symptoms.

What are the symptoms and how is it spread?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Generally, people are most contagious when their symptoms are the worst. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in frequent and prolonged close contact with each other. Spread occurs from respiratory droplets produced when someone sneezes or coughs that land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possible inhaled into the lungs. It may also be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How can I prevent the spread of coronavirus?

There are some simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue-throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and counters

How long do I need to be isolated if I’m sick?

If you are ill, whether or not you have received a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or not, stay home and isolate from other in the house until:

  • You have no fever for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Other symptoms have improved AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms started

There is also a COVID-19 statewide hotline that people can access if they have questions. They can access the hotline by dialing 211.