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What Should I Do if I Have Been Exposed to COVID-19? Tested Positive?

UW EH&S has posted clear guidance on steps to take if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you have tested positive. Please take the time to review this information. Selected takeaways include:

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COVID-19 and Mental Health

Feeling anxious, lonely, overwhelmed? You are not alone. It is important to acknowledge the mental toll that COVID-19 can have on each of us. Reach out to family, friends, coworkers to make sure that they are doing ok.

If you are in need of support, UW CareLink is available for PEBB-benefits eligible employees and provides up to five free counseling sessions and can refer you to long term counseling services as well. Students may access free short term counseling services through UW Hall Health or the Counseling Center and may similarly refer you to long term services. Virtual Let's Talk sessions are available to students for free and without an appointment for informal consultation.

Sanvello, a mental health and wellbeing app, has made premium access to their app free during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app provides services including: self-care, peer support, coaching, and therapy.

Bats and Rabies

A rabid bat was found in Ballard on July 19 with at least one potential human exposure. Bats are the only known reservoir for rabies in Washington state, however other reservoirs across the U.S. may also include raccoons, skunks, foxes, and mongooses. Additionally, any mammal can contract rabies. In many countries, dogs are still a major rabies reservoir and contribute to the vast majority of human cases worldwide. Steps that you can take to prevent rabies transmission (and other zoonotic diseases):

  • Pet owners must vaccinate dogs, cats, and ferrets against rabies by 4 months of age and receive regular boosters. Keep pets under direct observation. If they are bitten by an animal or have any contact with a bat, seek immediate veterinary care. Spay or neuter to reduce stray animals.
  • Do not handle, feed, or attract wild animals. Never bring wild animals into your home. Teach children not to handle unfamiliar animals.
  • If you find a sick or injured animal in Seattle, call Seattle Animal Control at 206-386-7387 during business hours or PAWS Wildlife Center at 425-412-4040. Check online for your local animal control and shelter resources.
  • If traveling internationally, consult a travel medicine clinic, such as the Hall Health Travel Clinic or other UW travel clinics, at least 4 weeks before departure.

Rabies Reservoirs in the US Map
Rabies Reservoirs in the US (CDC).