Coronavirus (COVID-19) Toolkit

Resources for your health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Additional COVID-19 vaccine dose for certain immunocompromised individuals

For some people with a weakened immune system, soon a third vaccine dose will be available to help boost their protection against COVID-19. While the third dose has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are a few more steps before UI Health Care can start giving it. We will make information available for our eligible patients on how to receive a booster vaccination as soon as we receive further guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health. Please check back on this page for updates.

As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to all individuals over the age of 12. Get more information on the COVID-19 vaccines or schedule a vaccination appointment.

How you stay safe

Why Swiss cheese? The key is layers. While there are holes in slices of Swiss cheese, by combining the slices, we get a layered approach that leads to fewer holes. The same is true for COVID-19 prevention strategies.

The strongest protection comes from getting vaccinated. 

Get the facts about COVID-19

Prepare yourself and your family by getting informed about the coronavirus and about what you can do to stay safe and healthy and help prevent the virus from spreading.

Protect yourself with a face mask

Face masks are a great way to keep you and others safe out in the community. We even joined a national initiative to encourage mask wearing around the U.S.

Wear your mask correctly to protect yourself and others:

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Crossed out illustration of a person wearing a mask above their chin
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Illustration of a person correctly wearing a face mask.
Above the nose. Under the chin. Pulled tight.

Face mask how-to

Why should you wear a face mask? What is the proper way to put on and take off a face mask?

For some of us, wearing a face mask is second nature. But for others, wearing a mask can feel awkward and maybe a little uncomfortable.

Use these resources to learn how to incorporate face coverings into your routine and help stop COVID-19.

Are face masks safe?

Do face masks impede your breathing or make you retain carbon dioxide (CO2)? Intensive Care Unit physician Greg Schmidt, MD, settles the argument for us.

Get vaccinated, wash your hands, stay physically distant

There are more ways to stop the outbreak once you've mastered masking. Use these resources to make sure you're stopping the spread whenever you can.

How to properly clean your hands

Stop and think of all the areas that you touch throughout the day; door handles, light switches, and elevator buttons. Know that others are touching them too.

See how germs spread from our hands to other places, and how to prevent this spread, with infection preventionist Kyle Jenn, RN.

In addition to washing your hands often, covering your coughs and sneezes, and social distancing, keeping other "high touch" items clean is important to prevent the spread.

Do you have a relative who needs to be extra careful? These resources can help you and your family understand what you need to be concerned about based on their condition.

Why Swiss cheese? The key is layers. While there are holes in slices of Swiss cheese, by combining the slices, we get a layered approach that leads to fewer holes. The same is true for COVID-19 prevention strategies.

Take care of your mind and body

UI Health Care experts share strategies for maintaining mental health while dealing with the major life changes that we are all facing during the pandemic.

Urologist Amy Pearlman, MD, director of the UI Health Care Men's Health Program, talks with UI Sports Medicine specialist Britt Marcussen, MD, about creative ways to stay physically and mentally fit while remaining physically distant.

Humans aren’t meant to be in isolation. We evolved in groups, and we thrive by being around others. So social distancing or home isolation can be really hard, especially over long periods of time.

How you can help

It takes a community to fight a pandemic. Looking for ways to do your part? Start here.

UI Hospitals & Clinics is in need of donated holiday gifts, gift cards, and other items.

Financial support to the Staff Emergency Fund and blood and plasma donations to the UI DeGowin Blood Center are also greatly appreciated.

Give our health care providers and staff a shout out or show your support for them online.

Social media is a great place to share your words of thanks, encouragement, and hope.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community.

Stay up to date and follow guidelines from public health authorities monitoring the pandemic locally and around the globe.