The health and safety of our community is very important to Lake Area United Way. As such, we wanted to provide some information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what you can do to protect yourself and others. The CDC offers a wide range of information and tactics you can use to prevent the spread of the virus. Please view that information here. The State of Indiana's Health Department also has updated information, including a map of which counties in the state have reported cases of the virus. You can view their page here. The Indiana Coalition for Domestic Violence has also put together a series of resource guides that can be viewed here. You can view available resources to assist families in need during this time by visiting resourceroundup.com. 2-1-1 call centers around the country are also available to help you find resources during the outbreak. You can view their website here or simply call 2-1-1 from any phone. Their site also has a great Frequently Asked Questions section which addresses many of the common questions and concerns about the virus.
Some main points to remember when it comes to helping stop the spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Disinfect common and frequently used surfaces.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, preferably with a tissue or by coughing/sneezing into your elbow.
- Avoid things like handshakes or high fives for the time being.
- Try to avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes.
- If you feel sick, stay home and away from other people so that you don't spread any illnesses to them.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Shortness of breath
What should I do if I or someone I care for is sick?
- If you think you have been exposed, are over the age of 60, or have an underlying medical condition, and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
- If you are young, otherwise healthy, and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or recently traveled to a country with a high rate of COVID-19, stay home and treat your symptoms as you would with a common cold.
- If you have a medical appointment and have or think you might have the virus, call the doctor and tell them before your appointment so they can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- Wear a face mask if you are sick.
- Seek prompt medical attention if your symptoms worsen (e.g. it's difficult to breath)
For more information on what you should do it you or someone you know has COVID-19 please review the CDC's guide on What To Do If You Are Sick.
Are vaccines available for COVID-19?
- Not currently. Any ads you might see offering a vaccine or cure are not legitimate. There currently are no vaccines, pills, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 online or in stores.
We will continue to update this page with important information as it becomes available from the CDC and other reputable health organizations. We will also be working with our nonprofit, faith-based, and government partners to identify any organizations or programs that will be serving those effected by the virus or the resulting school closures. To view available resources please visit Resource Round Up.
If you would like to support those in the community effected by the COVID-19 pandemic you can do so by donating to the NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. We are working with our community partners to evaluate the current and emerging needs of local families during this time. We will use that information to direct any funding received towards the programs, services, or capacity building needs that are the most urgent for our families.
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