Sheltering in place may not be new for some of our caregivers, and neither is social isolation, but dealing with a pandemic has even the best of us scrambling for resources and information. We’ve pulled together some great resources to help you and your loved one keep up to date with information on COVID-19.
This document is live and will be updated as we learn more information or about new resources. Please check back often and let us know if there is a great resource you think should be on this list.
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 or coronavirus is a newly identified type of coronavirus that was first diagnosed in 2019, hence the -19 at the end of COVID. This virus has demonstrated how it is dissimilar to previous coronaviruses in that the symptoms are much worse than those of a mild cold or illness. This is why we need to be careful with our vulnerable populations.
COVID-19 can be transmitted through respiratory droplets from person to person through such actions as a caught, sneeze, kiss, sharing of utensils, shaking of hands that had previously touched an infected person’s face, or being too close to an infected individual. At this time, we do know that symptoms can take up to 14 days to show up, which means an individual can be infected and spreading COVID-19 before they feel any signs of illness.
State Resources for Idaho
The State of Idaho has created a particular page just for COVID-19, called Coronavirus.daho.gov. This page will provide you great information that is continuously being updated. Information is available in English and Spanish.
Idaho also has a COVID-19 hotline to help you answer questions you cannot find answers to. This number is 1-888-330-3010.
Did you know that Idaho has public health districts? Each public health district is responsible for being aware of the needs of the people within their district. To locate your health district, click here, Idaho’s Public Health Districts.
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is available to “provide crisis intervention, emotional support, problem-solving, and referrals to local resources for persons at risk for suicide and those concerned about them. Please call or text 208-398-4357 if you or someone you love needs a crisis chat.”