Well-Being and Prevention
Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease. If you find that you are not feeling well after returning, then please seek medical care and practice self-isolation for 14 days to minimize the risk of spreading your illness to others.
How can I protect myself and others?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions 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 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 a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wear a face covering in public spaces.
- 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 are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see the CDC's Handwashing website.
Are the ISU Health Center and Bengal Pharmacy open?
Yes. Medical professionals are able to take care of you no matter where you are physically located. Please call the ISU Health Center at 208-282-2330 before coming in. Medical officials will tell you what to do next.
ISU Bengal Pharmacy is still open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday
What is self-observation?
- You should remain alert for fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing.
- If you feel feverish or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period, you should:
- Take your temperature
- Limit contact with others
- Seek health advice by telephone from a health care provider or your local health department to determine medical evaluation is needed.
Who will be asked to self-isolate?
Everyone’s situation is unique, and Idaho State will evaluate each person’s risk to determine who should self-isolate and who does not need to self isolate. ISU is working closely with University Health Services and Central District Health and will make individual recommendations based on the latest information.
Guidance for household members during self-isolation
- Help with basic needs in terms of food, medications, and other personal needs.
- Stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible; use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
- Prohibit visitors without an essential need from coming to the home.
- Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- The patient and household members should wear disposable face masks* when in the same room. Do not reuse the masks and wash hands with soap and water following removal.
- Avoid sharing household items with the patient.
- Clean “high-touch” surfaces with a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash laundry thoroughly: use disposable gloves while handling; wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer after removing gloves.
What does it mean to self-isolate?
If you are asked to self-isolate, you should stay home - in your room, your apartment, or your house. Do not go to work, stores, restaurants, classes, athletic events, or other social gatherings until 14 days after the date of your departure from the country in question.
Where can I go for support related to my stress, anxiety, and fears related to COVID-19?
The current spread of COVID-19 and constant media coverage and social media influence can be anxiety-producing. While it is important to stay informed, there are things we can do to manage our mental well-being:
- Avoid speculation and get your information from reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, or the Idaho Coronavirus and Idaho State University Coronavirus
- Manage how you follow the outbreak in the media. If the news is causing you stress or anxiety, reduce your media intake and refer to the reputable information sources listed in the bullet point above.
- Talk about your fears, anxiety, and stress. The Employee Assistance Program provides confidential, short-term counseling services for benefit eligible employees and their dependents. Visit Counseling or call 877-427-2327. (TDD: 800-697-0353).