The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the COVID-19. The hotline is 877-435-8411 and is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
COVID-19 Basic Facts:
Viral illness: fever, cough, difficulty breathing; symptoms can be mild to severe.
Spread: person to person, through respiratory droplets; new cases are emerging showing community spread meaning no known contact with an infected person and no recent travel to endemic areas.
Testing: there is no currently available in office testing; suspected cases are being referred to Mercy (314-251-0500) or Childrens Hospital (314-454-6000) for testing.
Treatment: current treatment is supportive care; rest, fluids, Tylenol or Motril/Advil for fever.
When to call the doctor: if your child is having significant shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, along with fever of 100.4, contact us.
Some practical tips for reducing spread of all viral illnesses:
1. Good handwashing is key!
2. Stay home if you feel ill and let your body recover. Children should not return to school/daycare until they have been fever free (without use of medications) for 24 hours in order to protect the other children in the class.
3. Healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep are all cornerstones of staying healthy!
4. The use of "masks" in public does not keep you from picking up respiratory illnesses. Masks can help (but not completely prevent illness) protect those around you if you are sneezing/coughing.