Developmental Diversity

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Benton County Developmental Diversity Program provides support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This content was developed specifically for people with alternative and diverse intellectual, emotional and physical abilities.

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

It is a new illness spreading around the world.

How do you get COVID-19?

  • Someone with COVID-19 gives you their germs.
  • When they cough or sneeze, their germs get in the air, on you, and on things.
  • Germs get into your body through your mouth, nose, and your eyes.

What happens if you have it?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Hard time breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If these things happen to you, it does not mean you have coronavirus. Lots of people get a fever or cough. You could just have a cold or the flu.

What to do if you become sick

  • Stay home
  • Rest
  • Take care of yourself
  • Cover your cough
  • Call your doctor and tell them if you feel ill; they will tell you what to do next

If I am sick, when should I call a doctor?

  • If you have been out of the country.
  • If you have been with someone who has the virus.
  • If you have been at a place where people with COVID-19 got medical treatment.
  • Call your doctor before you go see them.

How can I stay healthy or not get it?

  • Wash your hands.
    • Use lots of soap and water.
    • Wash for at least 20 seconds.
    • Wash after using the bathroom or being in public (like going to a store).
    • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Know that washing well with soap and water is still better.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • This is how germs get in your body.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay 6 feet from others.
  • Keep objects and surfaces clean.

Why are we keeping distance from people?

  • Staying home is the best way to stay healthy.
  • You must also limit things you go do.
  • You can still shop for food or pick up medicine. 
  • You should wear a cloth mask when you go out.
  • You can make others sick, even if you feel ok.

I am worried about my job and money

  • If you are sick, you need to stay home.
  • Health comes before money.
  • Tell your boss you do not feel well.
  • The Federal Government is providing money to help support people. For more info go to: 
  • You may be able to get your utility payments put on hold. Please contact your utility company directly.
  • If you need help with utility payments, call Community Services Consortium (CSC):
  • 541-752-1010.

Take care of your physical health

  • Delay appointments that can wait.
  • Some doctors do phone or video appointments. Your family can join these appointments too.
  • Talk to your doctor about getting extra of your necessary medications. 
    • See if your pharmacy can do mail order or delivery. 
  • Plan for what to do if you get sick. This should include planning for if someone you live with also becomes sick.