Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Public

A cloth face mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. Protect yourself and your community by wearing a face covering when out in public and when social distancing is not possible. 

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

About Cloth Face Coverings

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

Washing Cloth Face Coverings

How to Make a Cloth Face Covering - Sew and No Sew

Iowa Governor Reynolds Asks Iowans to #StepUpMaskUpIA

CDC Calls on Americans to Wear Masks

U.S. Surgeon General Explains Making a Quick Homemade Mask



IDPH and its public and private partners continue to respond to COVID-19. It is important for Iowans to be aware of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their community.

  • It is normal to be concerned about a new virus.
    • Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death.
    • Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu):
      • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
      • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
      • Contain germs by staying home when ill

For the most current information from the CDC, click here.

CDC's What to do if You Are Sick (IDPH recommends the non-test based strategy discussed in this document)

CDC's Quarantine and Isolation Explained

Addressing Anxiety Regarding COVID-19

Information about Blood Donations and How to Donate

Children and COVID-19

Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings

Iowa Poison Control Center Alert: Serious Toxicity from Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine