Hospitals and health systems, including Phelps Health, continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, a new coronavirus that was first identified in China in December 2019. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of countries, including the United States. Missouri's first case was confirmed March 7, 2020, in St. Louis County. For more information about cases in the state, visit Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What can you do to reduce your risk of getting coronavirus?
Follow CDC guidelines for prevention, which include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice social distancing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important to be cautious when venturing into public places. COVID-19 continues to spread, but by wearing a mask, you can do your part to protect yourself and others from infection.
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