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A message from Ravalli County Public Health
Watch for symptoms

How to protect yourself

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms
to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus
disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic
medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at
higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps
you may be able to take to protect yourself.



Know How it Spreads

• 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
- Between people in close contact with
one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced
when an infected person coughs or
• These droplets can land in the mouths or
noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

*Symptoms may appear 2-14
days after exposure.

*This is based on what

eek medical advice if you develop
has been seen previously
symptoms, and have been in close
the with
a person known
COVID-19 or ifviruses.
you live in or
have recently been in an area with
ongoing spread of COVID-19.


Take steps

Clean your hands often

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after
you have been in a public place, or after
blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available,
use a hand sanitizer that contains at least
60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your
hands and rub them together until they
feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
• Avoid close contact with people who are
• Put distance between yourself and other
people if COVID-19 is spreading in your
community. This is especially important for
people who are at higher risk of getting
very sick.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical
attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider
for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What do do if you are sick
Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or
think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect
other people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care
Stay in touch with your doctor
Avoid public transportation

are all around you.

Separate yourself from other people in
your home, this is known as home isolation
Stay away from others
Limit contact with pets & animals

Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Wear a facemask if you are sick
Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, dispose of it and
wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands with soap and water, if unavailable, use
hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and avoid touching your face.

Avoid sharing personal household items

Don’t share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils,
towels or bedding and wash all these items thoroughly
with soap and water or put in the diswasher.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday


Clean and disinfect all areas that may have blood, stool or
body fluids on them. Use a household disinfectant.

Monitor your symptoms

Seek medical attention, but call first. Wear a facemask
and follow care instructions from your healthcare provider
and local health department.

For more information:

Ravalli County Public Health
205 Bedford Street, Suite L, Hamilton • 406-375-6672
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)