COVID-19 Resources

Topic of Concern COVID-19 Resource
How it Spreads Spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes. Can be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces.

How to Protect Yourself There is currently no vaccine. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to this virus through prevention, including cleaning your hands and practicing social distancing

How to Prepare Family Create a household plan of action to help protect your health and those around you.
How to Prepare Home Clean and disinfect daily. Focus on disinfecting high-touch areas.
Symptoms According to the CDC, fever, cough and shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you believe you have these symptoms, contact you primary care physician or Austin Public Health (Dial 311)
List of contacts
  1. Primary Care Physician
  2. Austin Public Health (Dial 311)
  3. IABA non-medical hotline (512) 436 3595
  1. Your primary care physician
    1. Call them to ask about your options
  1. Austin Public Health (Dial 311)
    1. Free but criteria need to be met
      1. Testing criteria includes having fever, cough, shortness of breath PLUS:
        1. have had close contact with a confirmed case
        2. have traveled to a location with ongoing transmission of COVID-19,
        3. have risk factors for getting very sick from COVID-19, or
        4. are hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms even if you do not have any risk factors.
  1. Baylor Scott & White Drive-through coronavirus testing in North Austin
    1. You need to fill out online questionnaire then they will tell you to come to testing center or give you additional instructions

If you are sick
  1. Monitor your symptoms
    1. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
    2. Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
    3. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
    4. Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
  2. Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
    1. Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
    2. Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  1. Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    1. You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  2. Call ahead before visiting doctor: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  3. Wear a face mask if you are sick: You should wear a face mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
    1. If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a face mask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
  1. Cover your coughs and sneezes
    1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    2. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
    3. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  1. Clean your hands often
    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    2. Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily 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.
    3. Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
    4. Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  1. Avoid sharing personal household items
    1. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
    2. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  1. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
    1. Practice routine cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces.
      1. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
    2. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
    3. Household cleaners: Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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