Community Message

As we continue to see an increasing number of cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in Florida, UF Health is prepared to provide you with the latest updates regarding recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, to help minimize the potential for exposure and to keep you and your family safe. As the premier health system of the University of Florida, we are home to some of the world’s leading experts in diagnosing, treating and managing highly infectious diseases and are tapping those experts to help with this pandemic.

Here are some things you can do to minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands with soap and water if visibly dirty.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Wear gloves if possible.
  • Limit events and meetings involving close contact. Don’t attend large gatherings.
  • Avoid close contact with others and stay at least 6 feet apart.

Older adults and individuals of any age with other medical conditions, including heart disease, lung disease and/or diabetes, may be at a higher risk of developing complications associated with COVID-19. Please talk with your health care provider to understand what you can do to help protect yourself.

If you have recently returned from a cruise or from international travel to a country designated as high-risk, as outlined by the CDC, or have been exposed to someone with known COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines regarding the need to self-quarantine and/or isolate yourself for 14 days. Please click here for the latest travel advisories.

Symptoms of possible COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you believe you are at risk of having COVID-19, please call your local health care provider for further guidance. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 and inform them if you have recently traveled and/or been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your local county health department.