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The coronavirus has been a growing discussion across the world, and this week across the state of Iowa. This week 14 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the state. 13 of these 14 cases are people of Johnson County, all of whom returned from a cruise in Egypt.

Legislators have received updates from Governor Reynolds, and she has reassured us that the people of Iowa should not panic. The Governor will continue to provide updates to the people of Iowa moving forward. Even though some groups have made decisions already regarding how they are going to handle the coronavirus, I believe that we should continue to listen to the experts at the Iowa Department of Public Health. They have assured us that they will provide Iowans with the information that they need to know regarding the coronavirus.

The Department of Public Health has said that the people most at risk are older adults and individuals with underlying health concerns.

Prevention of coronavirus is the same as any other respiratory illness (like the flu):

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Contain germs by staying home while ill
  • The CDC does not recommend face masks for the general public at this time

According to IDPH, the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of coronavirus. If you are concerned about coronavirus, please check this IDPH website as it will be updated frequently. This website includes guidance for businessesschoolshealth care facilities, and long-term care facilities.

The CDC has issued several travel alerts for areas affected by coronavirus. If you have traveled to China or Iran recently, you are asked to complete this survey.

If you have any questions regarding coronavirus, contact your local county public health agency or use the IDPH public hotline by dialing 2-1-1.

Matt Windschitl

Author: Matt Windschitl