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COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
Though the vast majority of people who contract COVID-19 will recover, older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can be inhaled into the lungs of others, thus spreading the disease.
Even people who are not showing symptoms may unknowingly spread the virus.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Stay at home as much as possible.
Avoid social gatherings. If you visit people outside of your household, you are putting yourself and others at risk. If neighbors or family members outside your household need assistance, connect via phone and leave supplies, etc. on their porch. Avoiding unnecessary contact with others is absolutely vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Only make trips out for essential items and work when necessary.
Put distance between yourself and other by observing social distancing and keeping a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching any part of your face with unwashed hands.
Disinfect high-tough surfaces often, including door knobs, cell phones, counter tops, tables, desks, keyboards, faucets, sinks and light switches. [View guide to disinfecting & deep cleaning your home from SafeHome.org]
Wash clothing after every use, especially items you have worn in public areas.
Take your shoes off at the door and avoid wearing them through the house.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SICK WITH COVID-19
View a list of coronavirus symptoms and use the self-checker guide from the CDC.
If you think you are sick, contact your medical provider BY PHONE or call the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services hotline at 877-435-8411. The 24/7 hotline is staffed by medical professionals.
It is very important that you call your medical professional or the hotline first, unless you are having a medical emergency that needs immediate care. Many doctors offices are not taking walk-in patients and most hospitals have specific protocols to admit possible COVID-19 patients in order to protect staff and other patients.