News from Idaho SILC

Public health officials in the United States and in other countries are working to stop the spread of a new respiratory illness. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are popping up across Idaho. It is important that people with disabilities understand this disease and stay safe and healthy.

What is COVID-19? Symptoms include a dry cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. Protect yourself by washing your hands often, don’t touch your face, and avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who are sick.

I have a disability. Am I at risk? Older adults and people of any age who have serious medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on current information, those at high-risk include:
   – People who are 65 years and older
   – People who live in a nursing home
   – People with preexisting medical conditions

What if I use a personal attendant? If you use other people to help you live at home you should do the following:
   – If you have it, provide hand sanitizer for anyone entering your home.
   – Review your emergency back up plan in case your helper is sick or absent.
  – Identify other people who can fill in when your staff doesn’t show up.
   – Follow the CDC recommendations below to avoid illness.

CDC Guidelines to Avoid Illness: The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of age or disability, takes the same steps to avoid getting sick. These include following everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory disease including colds and flu.
   – Avoid close contact with people who are sick
   – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
   – Stay at home when you are sick.
   – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
   – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

Where can I get more information?
   State of Idaho Official Coronovirus Page
   Centers for Disease Control
   Idaho SILC