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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order. The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number will be in service beginning Monday, March 30.
- Idaho Coronavirus Official State Site
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare news releases
- Idaho Stay-Home Guidance PDF
- Guidance on essential services in Idaho PDF
- Idaho CareLine - free statewide community Information and Referral service. Phone number 2-1-1
- Idaho Commission of Libraries - COVID-19 Resources for Libraries
- Idaho Food Bank - Food Assistance Locator
- Interim Guidance on Mass Gatherings and Public Events
- Idaho Statesman: Varias escuelas de Idaho cierran debido al coronavirus. Aquí tenemos la lista
- Idaho Statesman: Estado de Idaho cierra escuelas hasta 20 de abril, extiende declaración de impuestos
- Idaho Votes - Request an absentee ballot
- Statewide Judicial Emergency Orders
- United Way of Treasure Valley -COVID-19 Treasure Valley Idaho/Southwestern Idaho Medical and Related Supplies Donation Coordination
Regional Public Health District Coronavirus information
If you have symptoms and think you might have COVID-19, please check with your regional health district for instructions on what to do.
Schools and student activities:
- Idaho Education News: School closure map and information
- Idaho High School Activities Association: Information on tournaments, sports and activity cancellations
- Idaho State Department of Education resources for families and schools
- Idaho State Board of Education - Coronavirus Resources
- Boise State University - COVID-19: The latest news from Boise State
- College of Eastern Idaho -Coronavirus Updates
- College of Idaho - COVID-19 Updates
- College of Western Idaho - Coronavirus Information and Resources
- College of Southern Idaho - Coronavirus
- Idaho State University - Coronavirus Information
- Lewis-Clark State College - COVID 19 Information
- North Idaho College - Coronavirus Updates
- Northwest Nazarene University - COVID-19 Resources and Updates
- University of Idaho - Coronavirus Updates
What is COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that hasn't been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 isn't the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 isn't the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and treated differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis, the Centers for Disease Control said.
The CDC is updating its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page regularly at noon, Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
Where Did COVID-19 Come From?
The CDC said coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some of which cause illness in people, others cause illness in animals only. Rarely, coronaviruses that infect animals have infected people as well and can be spread between people.
This is what the CDC thinks happened for the virus that caused COVID-19.
"Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people," the CDC said.
Current CDC Risk Assessment
The CDC has assessed risk of exposure to the virus.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, the CDC said. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, now the virus is spreading from person to person.
"The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas," the CDC said.
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who aren't sure how or where they became infected.
Naming the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the virus that causes it
Official names have been announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”) and the disease it causes. The official names are:
severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Why do the virus and the disease have different names?
Viruses, and the diseases they cause, often have different names. For example, HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. People often know the name of a disease, such as measles, but not the name of the virus that causes it (rubeola).
There are different processes, and purposes, for naming viruses and diseases.
Viruses are named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines. Virologists and the wider scientific community do this work, so viruses are named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).
Diseases are named to enable discussion on disease prevention, spread, transmissibility, severity and treatment. Human disease preparedness and response is WHO’s role, so diseases are officially named by WHO in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
ICTV announced “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as the name of the new virus on 11 February 2020. This name was chosen because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003. While related, the two viruses are different.
WHO announced “COVID-19” as the name of this new disease on 11 February 2020, following guidelines previously developed with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
- WHO Director-General's remarks at the media on 11 February 2020
- WHO Situation Report on 11 February 2020
WHO and ICTV were in communication about the naming of both the virus and the disease.
There's currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends preventive actions every day to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you're sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
The CDC doesn't recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for COVID-19 cases, the CDC said. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
There's no specific treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should get care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions, the CDC said.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
- Wearing a facemask will protect you from getting coronavirus.
- Only older people can be infected.
- Vaccines and antibiotics will protect you from coronavirus.
None of these statements are true.
- IdahoPTV Distance Learning
- PBS LearningMedia is a free resource for PreK-12 educators that supports distance learning and provides resources to help explain the virus and promote healthy habits: http://public.pbs.org/DistanceLearningResources
- PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. PBS LearningMedia - PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings and Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia
- PBS LearningMedia Virus Information & Prevention collection
- How to Talk to Little Learners About Coronavirus (PBS TeachersLounge)
- Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another (PBS TeachersLounge)
- Iowa PBS' The Federal Bureau of Ick
- KET's Healthy Habits | Everyday Learning
- Science Trek - Viruses
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
How do you explain the concept of germs for kids to understand? Do you just tell them to wash their hands and hope they get the importance? When it comes to germs, it's important for kids to learn the facts in a digestible way -- one that's not too daunting. So how do you explain to them the coronavirus?
A quote by Mr. Rogers guides us through that challenging question: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”
Here's a few tips to help navigate the conversation, courtesy of PBS Kids.
- First, share age-appropriate facts and corrected misinformation
- Second, reassure them that they're safe.
- Third, emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters” — for all types of germs that are out there, including hand washing, covering your cough and practicing healthy habits.
You can also use PBS resources to help teach your children. In this Curious George clip, the Man with the Yellow Hat has a cold. Curious George learns how germs can move from person to person and that it's important to wash your hands.
Daniel Tiger is also a great resource. This Daniel Tiger clip, "Germs, Germs Go Away. Don’t come back any day," provides tips to keep germs away by washing hands and coughing into your elbow.
Games and Videos
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
- Doctor Daniel Game
- Germs Germs Go Away with Handwashing (video)
- A Germ-Fighting Superhero (video)
- Daniel Tiger for Parents App
- Caring for Each Other
- Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo (activity sheet)
- Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze! (video)
Sid the Science Kid