For most Nebraskans, COVID-19 will be like a cold, however this illness is anything but the common cold or flu. For our parents and grandparents, it could be very severe, and could result in death. Recent data shows that the virus is also affecting younger people. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said 20% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S. were 20-44 years old. Even if you're healthy, you can pass COVID-19 on to people who could be severely affected. Help protect those you love by avoiding crowds, distancing yourself from other people and isolating yourself even if you think you just have a case of the sniffles.
We want to slow the spread of disease in our communities. By doing that, our hospitals and clinics won't be overwhelmed and can continue to provide care to families, friends and neighbors who need it. Flattening the curve means everybody does their part to reduce spread of COVID-19 for as long as possible. If we slow it down enough, our hospitals might just be able to keep up.
As Nebraskans, we face our challenges together and we all have a role to play this response. Slowing the spread of the virus can help save lives. Here's what being done in Nebraska and what you can do right now to protect yourself, your family and your community:
Every county in Nebraska is currently covered by state Directed Health Measures. You can find the one that applies to your county on the Directed Health Measures page.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
People in these higher-risk groups should take extra precautions. Learn more on the CDC website.