Question: What is Coronavirus or COVID-19?
Right now, countries all across the world are responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.
Question: How Does COVID-19 spread?
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. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Question: What is Social-Distancing?
The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of group settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible." Close contact should be restricted to people that live in your household. It's particularly important to maintain that same 6-foot distance from anyone who is demonstrating signs of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever.
Question: Why is hand-washing important right now?
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds kills viruses that may be on your hands. This is the one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Question: What do I do if I feel sick?
211 Medical Call Line
The 211 line will answer questions about mild symptoms and if you need to be tested. If you have mild symptoms, call 211 and do not go to your healthcare provider or emergency room. Hospital emergency rooms and 911 should be reserved for patients who are in severe respiratory distress. If you have symptoms before and after the hours of the 211 medical phone line then call your healthcare provider. The 211 medical call line will be staffed with medical professionals Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.
Let's Talk. Join Our Weekly Coronavirus
Sharing Forum for Refugees and Immigrants
We are proud to partner with ethnic community and faith-based organizations including EMBARC, OneVoice DSM, Alive Church, Kyles AME Zion Church, African Immigrants and Refugees Transition Services, Liberian Association of Iowa, the Uganda Iowa Association, Living Water Evangelical Free Church of DSM, and Nisaa African Family Services to provide resources and appropriate information for members of the immigrant and refugees community.
Phone in to join our free virtual weekly forum where you can receive information, ask questions, and share your concerns regarding the Coronavirus. In this forum, we'll be encouraging each other as well as learning about resources to keep you and your family healthy both physically and mentally. Join us every Saturday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. This is a free voluntary forum for us all so please feel free to share the conference number with your family, friends, and neighbors to join the conversation. Please call 1-312-626-6799 to join the forum. The access code is 772219500##.
How Can GYF Help Right Now
Because group gatherings are not permitted right now, Genesis Youth Foundation is not able to provide programming in the same way we normally do. During this time of social distancing, GYF is changing programming to an online format. For more information about GYF Athletics, the Arts, and Academics Online, please visit our
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