Idaho prepares for coronavirus with tips for residents and added communication

Idaho prepares for coronavirus
Posted at 10:19 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 17:32:04-05

The coronavirus, known as Covid-19, is coming to Idaho.

According to the state, it's not a matter of if, but when.

The virus hasn't hit Idaho yet, and there are only about 15 cases nationwide. Still, Central District Health is getting ready by increasing communication statewide.

"That includes state and local health departments, information offices, county emergency management offices. So a lot of communication to receive the most current information and forward that to the community in a way that's most relevant and protective," said Rob Howarth with Central District Health.

The Department of Health and Welfare has devoted much of its front web page to the coronavirus with information updated at least every Friday.

Best practices include washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your face and staying home if you're sick.

But don't bother with face masks.

"We don't recommend people use face masks," says Howarth. "They're not effective and might give a false sense of security."

He says masks are only helpful if you know you have the virus and are trying to keep it from spreading it to others.

To get more helpful advice and avoid misinformation, click here.