SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – It’s been a month since COVID-19 started impacting daily life.
Medical and health professionals joined KCAU 9 Anchor Tim Seaman to give an update on where Siouxland currently stands regarding COVID-19.
KCAU 9 hosted a town hall with three professionals to discuss the coronavirus before and have brought them back for the discussion. They were:
- Tyler Brock, the deputy director of laboratory services at Siouxland District Health
- Dr. Mike Kafka, the medical director at UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s
- Dr. Larry Volz, the chief medical officer at MercyOne Siouxland
Watch the discussion above.
This is just one of a series of town halls on the coronavirus that KCAU 9 is holding. Watch the others by clicking the links below.
The CDC said that most COVID-19 illnesses are mild, but about 16% of cases are serious. Older people or those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing a serious illness.
Symptoms for the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They occur 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone that develops the symptoms and has been in contact with some who has the virus or has recently traveled from where the virus is widespread is asked to see a doctor.
To help prevent the spread, people are asked to do the following:
- Wash their hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Below are various health organizations with information on COVID-19.
- Siouxland District Health Department
- South Dakota Department of Health
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization