With the growing concerns of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the country and signs that the virus is spreading in Utah, it’s important for residents to take critical steps now to help prevent the spread of the virus. There is no need to overreact to the situation, but we encourage everyone to take common sense steps to limit the COVID-19 threat.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
We encourage all residents to proactively employ these prevention methods, recommended by the the Utah Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Keep hands clean. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid physical contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid gatherings over 10 people.
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public spaces.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched in your home and place of work.
If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
Protect Your Business, Employees
Business owners and employers may be concerned about how the novel coronavirus could impact their workplace, and employees may be concerned about stigma or discrimination.
Click here for recommended strategies to protect your workplace.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover without treatment. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms:
- Call your Primary Care Provider
- Take pain and fever medications (Caution: Do not give aspirin to children).
- Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
- If you are mildly sick: drink plenty of liquids, stay home, and rest.
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES & INFORMATION
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Utah Department of Health: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
Utah County Health Department: https://health.utahcounty.gov/2020/03/09/2019-novel-coronavirus/
Alpine District: https://alpineschools.org/