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Information Provided By: Dr. Yarda Tables-Redden

Coronavirus has been reported in St. Louis. It is spread through respiratory droplets when infected persons are in close contact (within 6 feet) with others.  It can also spread if a contaminated object/surface is touched and a person touches his/her mouth, nose, eyes.  It is easily spread.  During this uncertain time, CONTAINMENT is key! 


Things to remember:

  • Hand washing for 20-30 seconds is as effective if not more effective than sanitizer.  You can make hand sanitizer with aloe Vera and alcohol if the store is sold out.

  • If possible keep a distance of 6 feet or more

  • If you feel sick (fever, dry cough, body aches, breathing changes) stay home.  CALL your doctor or a medical facility.  Do not go to urgent care or your doctor’s office if you develop symptoms or think you have been exposed.   You risk infecting others. 

  • If you have difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, feel confused, feel dizzy or dehydrated go to the ER or call 911

  • Advise older people, immunosuppressed people, or people with chronic medical problems (heart disease, asthma,  COPD, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, autoimmune disease) to stay home unless necessary to go outside the home

  • Try to have a two or more weeks worth of supplies

  • Avoid large crowds

  • Remove your shoes at the door

  • N95 masks are only being recommended for medical personnel at this time. 

  • Over the counter masks won’t protect you but help prevent the spread of respiratory droplets

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