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Posted on: March 8, 2020

What You Need To Know About COVID-19

The first COVID-19 case has tested "presumptive positive" in Missouri. Please review the following information regarding COVID-19 and what preemptive measures your Olivette Fire and Police are taking to keep the community of Olivette safe.

What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronavirus diseases that includes the common cold.

What are the symptoms?
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe and resemble symptoms of the flu. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

What if I have symptoms?
Call your doctor if you develop a fever, have a cough, or have difficulty breathing; or if you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area where the virus has spread.

How does the virus spread?
Like many other viruses, COVID-19 seems to spread from person to person close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

What is the risk?
As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. It will update the status regularly on the CDC website.

Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

What preemptive measures is the City of Olivette taking?

The Olivette Fire and Police Departments are closely monitoring the CDC and WHO updates, as well as the state and county situation reports on the spread of the virus. The crews are updated at our morning roll call and any time that the situation changes. Our Infectious Disease policies have been reviewed with our paramedics as well of signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Our dispatch agency is following the CDC guidelines with a series of questions if someone requests an ambulance with symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

What are preventive actions I can take?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and cleaning frequently touched items such as phones, keyboards, and doorknobs to help remove germs

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: 

CDC does not recommend that people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Please explore these helpful links for more information:

Visit the CDC website for more on prevention and treatment.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website:

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers:

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