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COVID-19 Resources

UT Austin & Vaccine Information

The Protect Texas Together website is the central source for the latest information for The University of Texas at Austin, including updates on COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth vs. Fact

Get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines. In this video, Ana Avalos, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, debunks some common myths about the two coronavirus vaccines.

Austin Public Health

Austin Public Health is coordinating the city’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak. Its COVID-19 page reports on the efforts, including the number of cases in Austin, recent news and new protection measures.

Austin Public Health also developed a chart outlining risk-based guidelines for protecting yourself during the spread of COVID-19. The chart explains the precautions people should take depending on the level of risk in the community: Stage 1 is the lowest threat, and Stage 5 is the most serious. Visit the Austin Public Health website for more information.

How to Protect Yourself

Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for how to protect yourself from the coronavirus. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Practicing social distancing outside your home (staying at least 6 feet away from other people); and
  • Wearing a cloth face mask over your mouth and nose when around other people.

What to Do If You’re Sick

If you have symptoms of or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, it’s important for you to be screened for testing.

Contact:

Students at The University of Texas at Austin should contact University Health Services: 512-475-6877.

Do Not Delay ER Care

Don’t delay or avoid lifesaving emergency care. Avoiding ERs out of fear of contracting the coronavirus can have dire consequences during emergencies requiring time-sensitive treatment. ERs and clinics are among the safest places to receive care that can’t wait.

Symptoms that may warrant a trip to the ER include:

  • Trouble breathing;
  • Difficulty speaking;
  • Chest pain;
  • Confusion;
  • Sudden dizziness;
  • Severe abdominal pain;
  • Extreme fatigue;
  • Blue face and lips or pale coloring;
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in one or more arms and legs; and
  • Drooping of one side of the face.

Infection Control 101

Social distancing, monitoring, quarantine and isolation are all used to control the spread of COVID-19. Together with University Health Services, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin have produced an infographic that explains self-monitoring, -quarantine, -isolation and related terms in both English and Spanish.

Social distancing is a conscious effort to maintain distance between yourself and other people as a way to mitigate the spread of disease. This means avoiding public gatherings, bars, restaurants or other events, even if you are symptom-free. Stay at least 6 feet from other people as often as possible. Take precautions if you cannot maintain that distance, such as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer and/or hand washing immediately after contact. Consider using curbside pick-up or delivery for essential items.

People should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 by taking their temperatures twice a day and remaining alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others and seek advice by telephone from a health care provider to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

Self-quarantining separates people who were exposed but do not have symptoms to see if they become symptomatic. A person can be contagious before symptoms begin, so this is critical to prevent the spread.

Self-isolation separates people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test. Stay home and away from others who share your residence to prevent the spread of the virus.

Additional Resources

Coronavirus Tips & Resource Videos

Dell Medical School faculty are providing tips, resources and advice for staying safe and coping with the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Browse the videos by topic or view all of the videos on Vimeo.

COVID-19 ATX Exchange

Based on partner input, Dell Med has launched ATXCovidExchange.org to share COVID-related needs, leverage expertise and networks and identify community solutions. A community liaison team carefully vets the needs and manages responses, including coordination with appropriate people in the clinical, public health and community health arenas.

Toolkit for Coping With COVID-19

The Department of Health Social Work is committed to supporting people affected by COVID-19 and the response to it. As part of that work, the department has created a toolkit with resources to help community members, health care workers and beyond cope with the changes — both psychologically and concretely.

Virtual Town Hall for the Medical Community

Travis County Medical Society and Dell Medical School produce a virtual town hall series for Travis County health care workers and other community members in the medical field covering topics of interest on COVID-19.

Travis County Medical Society president John Abikhaled, M.D., and Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., co-host the weekly series.

COVID-19 News