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Library Services during COVID-19: Resources on COVID-19

This guide provides resources and help for DeSales students, faculty, and staff during the coronovirus pandemic.

Key Resources

DeSales COVID-19 Updates: The main site for updates and alerts from DeSales University regarding university operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Responding to COVID-19 in PA: The state's guide to tracking and combating the coronarvirus, including the Phased Reopening plan.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The CDC's main page for public health information on the coronavirus including how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick.

Guidance for Opening Up American Again Framework: The CDC's guidelines for states to reopen during the pandemic.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health from the DeSales Office of Human Resources.

Coronavirus and COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. (PA Dept. of Health)

 

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Reliable Sources of Information on Coronavirus

Coronavirus FAQs

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that causes mild to severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some patients develop pneumonia and other severe complications.

How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread from close person to person contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. It may also spread through touching a surface with the virus and then touching one's face.

How can I protect myself against COVID-19?
You can help protect yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses with everyday preventative actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

What do I do if I get exposed or become sick?
The majority of individuals who get COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms. If you do become sick, you should:

  • Stay home from work or school
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw out the tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
     

Information adapted from "What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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