Oklahoma Coronavirus Hotline 877-215-8336
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Oklahoma has four drive thru testing locations, with two more coming online in Western Oklahoma later this week. Details on the drive-thru locations are now online and available here: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/drive-thru-testing
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Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
The COVID-19 is a very dangerous disease. Thankfully a couple of vaccines are now available. People worry about the vaccines safety. During development through the ultimate approval from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). follow careful rigorous procedures.
FACT: COVID-19 VACCINES WILL NOT GIVE YOU COVID-19
The Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccination are:
COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
- All COVID-19 vaccines in development are being carefully evaluated by CDC.
- Approval of a vaccine is done through the CDC examining scientific information
- COVID-19 vaccines keeps you from getting seriously sick from COVID-19
- Getting vaccinated will protect you and the people around you
COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to build protection
- Depending on the person, COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe
- Clinical trials show the vaccines are safe and effective
- COVID-19 vaccination creates antibodies
- Getting COVID-19 offers protection and immunity. Experts don’t know how long the protection lasts but studies of vaccines’ effectiveness continue
- The benefits of Immunity are far superior to the risk of death or serious illness COVID-19
- The CDC will keep the everyone informed as new evidence become available
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop this illness
- Wearing masks and social distancing reduce your chance of exposure to the virus and spreading it to others.
- Vaccines work with your immune system to fight the virus
- Getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations is the best protection from COVID-19
Information on the new coronavirus in easy-to-read language
What is the coronavirus?
There is a new disease.
The disease comes from the coronavirus.
People with the disease have a cough or a high temperature, for example. Some people are dying from the disease.
Old people and those who are already sick can die.
How can you find out more?
- Do you have any questions about the coronavirus? Then read this information.
- Are you sick or afraid? Then call this number:
- Phone: 877-215-8336
- You can call it day and night.
- You might have to stay on hold until someone is free.
How can you get infected with the coronavirus?
The disease is highly contagious. How it spreads:
- When you have close contact with a sick person:
When you are more than 15 minutes with a sick person and less than 6 feet away from this person.
- Through coughing and sneezing
- From your hands
How to protect yourself and others
You can protect yourself and others from the disease. To do so, you must follow the rules below.
Wash your hands!
It is very important that you wash your hands often. Always wash your hands:
- Before eating.
- After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
- When you come home.
- When you have been in the bus or train.
- When you have visited a sick person.
- When you have been to the toilet.
- If your hands are dirty.
It is very important that you wash your hands properly.
How to do it right:
- Wet your hands.
- Use soap. Liquid soap is best.
- Rub your hands until there is a soap lather.
- Spread the lather all over your hands.
Make sure it gets in between your fingers and under your nails.
- Rinse your hands well with water.
- Dry your hands well. A paper towel is best.
Take note of the following as well:
- Don't wear any rings.
- Take care of your skin.
- Keep your nails short.
Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of your arm!
- Hold something in front of your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. A paper tissue is best.
- Or cough into the crook of your arm.
- Blow your nose into a paper tissue. Do not use a clothhandkerchief.
- Use a paper tissue only once. Then throw it away.
Stay at home if you have a high temperature or a cough!
If you have a high temperature or a cough:
Do not go to work or school.
- Do not go outside.
- Do not meet up with other people.
- Before you go to the doctor: Always call first!
Keep your distance from other people!
Always keep your distance from other people. At least 6 feet is best.
- At the checkout, in the post office or at the phamarcy:
- Leave some space between you and the person in front and behind.
- At meetings:
- Always leave an empty chair between you and the next person.
- When you greet other people:
- Do not kiss them.
- Do not hug anybody.
- Do not shake hand!
Hands are not always clean. That's why it is important:
- Do not shake hand.
- Do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes.
- Avoid large groups of people.
If you need a doctor: always call the doctor's office first!
- You don't need to go to the doctor if you only have a slight temperature or cough. Stay at home.
- You only need a doctor if you are really ill.
- What is very important:
- Do not go to the doctor without an appointment. Or to the hospital.
- Always call first!
Which people are especially at risk?
People over 65 are especially at risk. They often become very ill.
People with the following conditions are also at risk:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular problems
- Respiratory problems For example:Asthma
- Diseases and therapies that weaken your immune system
What is especially important for the elderly and for people who are already sick?
Are you over 65?
Or do you already have another disease? Then we recommend:
- Not travelling by bus or train.
- Not going shopping when there are a lot of people in the shops. Even better: getting someone else to do your shopping.
- Do not go where there are a lot of people.
For example: To the movies, concerts, sports events, group meetings
- Do not visit people in care homes or hospitals.
If you have a cough or a high temperature. Or if you are short of breath:
- Stay at home.
- Call your doctor. Or the hospital. Tell them your problems.
When is a person contagious?
One person can infect others:
- If he or she is sick.
- That means when a person has a bad cough and high temperature.
- Just before he or she gets sick.
- If you have been infected, you are not sick right away.
- It can take up to 14 days before you get sick.
What are the symptoms of the disease?
Symptoms are often:
- High temperature
- Shortness of breath
How does the disease progress?
The disease is not always bad. Some people are only slightly ill.
But some become seriously ill and have to go into hospital.
How are you treated if you get sick?
There is no medication against the disease yet. Antibiotics don't help either.
But you can treat the symptoms (cough, high temperature). If you are seriously ill, you will be treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. Perhaps you will have to be given artificial respiration.
Representing the Concerns of Oklahomans with Disabilities
The Office of Disability Concerns (ODC) is an independent state agency whose purpose is to help state government develop policies and services that meet the needs of Oklahomans with disabilities.
ODC staff is available to answer questions from individuals, to identify available resources and services by phone, email, letter and fax.The Office is staffed Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
ODC serves as a resource, to people with disabilities, who want to present their views and recommendations to the Governor, the State Legislature and State agencies.ODC supports two important committees:
Governor’s Advisory Committee of People with Disabilities
Governor’s Advisory Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
ODC is a technical resource from employment issues with employment of people with disabilities and as a resource for ADA compliance with design and implementation.
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