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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation's health protection agency. The CDC increases our health security and provides health information that protects people from health threats. 

Steps to prevent COVID-19

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a mask if your sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces daily

What to do if you're sick

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Symptoms for COVID-19 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

FAQ and Answers about COVID-19 from the CDC

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (formerly known as novel coronavirus 2019 or 2019-nCoV) is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

    • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.

    • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get a flu vaccine if you have not already received one.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (at a distance of at least 6 feet)
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing in the last 14 days...

You should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • UNA students, faculty, and staff may call UHS at 256-765-4328 for questions or to schedule an appointment.
  • Others may contact their health care provider or call the Lauderdale County Health Department at 256-764-7453.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at the Health ServicesClinic. Call UHS (256-765-4328) instead to speak with a nurse to discuss symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing orsneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Information adapted from: University Health Services (2020) "Communicating Information About COVID-19 to the Campus Community". 

The Alabama Department of Public Health has a hotline for people who are concerned about whether they need to be tested and where testing is avaliable.

That number is 1-888-264-2556

This article from outlines all sites that are currently testing for COVID-19 in Alabama.

*The University of North Alabama will shift to remote/online instructional environment for Summer 2020!

However, we realize that not all students have taken (or like) online classes. Therefore, we put together a list of some of the best tips for taking an online class! 

  • Connect with your professor through Canvas or email
  • Turn on all notifications from canvas / your student email
  • Try to avoid doing work from your bed
  • Find a study place where you can eliminate distractions and focus
  • Use a planner to input important dates for assignments
  • Utilize checklists for work that needs to be completed each week
  • Set specific times of the day to work on classwork 
  • Look ahead to future assignments and determine how soon you should begin working on them
  • Be sure to take breaks
Please fill out this form to make necessary arrangements!

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Riverbend Center for Mental Health 256-764-3431
North Alabama Medical Center 256-629-1000
Lauderdale County Health Department 256-764-7453
Department of Human Resources 256-765-3076
SafePlace  256-767-3076
One Place of the Shoals 256-284-7600

Other resources

Human Rights Campaign's LGBTQ-friendly hospitals and medical centers

GLMA's Directory of LGBTQ-friendly medical providers


The coronavirus (COVID-19): What trans people need to know

How to stop a coronavirus anxiety spiral

Emergency Contact Information For Trans Discrimination In Relief Shelters & Services:

Lambda Legal National Help Desk, toll free (866) 542-8336
FEMA Hotline (800) 621-3362
Equal Access for Transgender People Supporting Inclusive Housing and Shelters click here
Use this tool to find your health departments in your area.

Experts at The Trevor Project offer their recommendations for ways educators can support LGBTQ+ students through coronavirus school closures.

Read the article here!

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Student Counseling Services 256-765-5215
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline Peer Support Hotline 1-877-565-8860
Crisis Text Line  Text TALK to 741741
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522

Or: Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other concerns related to disasters, including public health emergencies. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

While the people are away, the animals are still at play! Though the Georgia Aquarium will remain closed due to the ever-evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation, webcams are live for you to watch! Check in on all of your favorite aquatic animals right from the comfort of your home.

Beluga Whale webcam

Southern Sea Otter webcam

California Sea Lion webcam

Ocean Voyager webcam

African Penguin webcam

Other webcams:

Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef webcam

Jellyfish webcam

Underwater Puffin webcam

Piranha webcam

Poetry can be a sanctuary, and is a way to cope and heal. NPR is creating a community crowd sourced poem highlighting collective mourning, resilience, and creativity.
For your poems, they only ask that you start with the line "what I'm learning about grief."

Book recs from our Instagram page:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
The Sun Does Shine by by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen 
I am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
Becoming by Michelle Obama 
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
A Little Life by by Hanya Yanagihara
Educated by Tara Westov
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Top 100 books from the NYT best seller list

1. Do things you've been meaning to do

2. Try new recipies 

3. Facetime family or friends

4. Catch up on some movies or tv show

5. Go for a walk outside

6. Sign-up for mental health counseling

7. Read a book

8. Unleash your creativity in an art project

9. Play board games or video games

10. Practice / learn ASL (American Sign Language) 

Podcast recs from our Instagram page:

Code Switch
Books Unbound
Still Buffering
Armchair Experts
This Might Get Weird!
Science vs. 
Mile Higher
Behind the Bastards
Getting Curious
Not Your Little Lady
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
Ted Talks Daily
Modern Love
Super Soul
Serial Podcast
Mental Health Remix
What the Feelings
Anthropocene Reviewed 
Delete This
Dear Hank and John
True Crime All the Time: Unsolved
Ear Hustle 
My Favorite Murder
The Bright Sessions

Spotify playlist recs from our Instagram page: UNA Student Spotify Playlist

Also, Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer for Family Studies, Madeleine Frankford has shared her classroom spotify playlists:

SO 301: Parenting and Socialization

SO/WS 223: Marriage & the Family

as well as an uplifting playlist, It's On Us!

Want us to add your spotify playlist to this list? Send us an email or DM us on social media with the link!

NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise.

Access that list here!!

Netflix Party lets friends have movie nights while social distancing. Here's how it works!

Streaming recs from our Instagram page:

Broad City
Tiger King
This is us
Parks and Rec
How to get Away with Murder 
Gilmore Girls
Grey's Anatomy
Golden Girls
The Office
Brooklyn 99
Big Little Lies
Jonas Brothers
Schitt's Creek
Game of Thrones
Grace & Frankie 
Cheer on Netflix
New Girl
One Day at a Time
Forensic Files
The Circle
Nathan for You

and more coming soon! 


You can complete this escape room as a group or as individual. You can compete against friends and try it multiple times. Just make sure you have fun!

Visit Hogwarts here!!!