Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Right at Home of St. Louis
Due to recent Coronavirus activity in St. Louis, Right at Home of St. Louis feels it is important to address this important issue and outline our response to the circumstances facing our community.
This time of year, in St. Louis it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between viruses like influenza, coronavirus or severe allergy symptoms. This is why we are recommending that if you experience symptoms of cough, runny nose, fever, feeling run down, weakness or difficulty breathing, call your family physician and follow his or her recommendations.
Below is a list of often used, common sense practices to prevent spread of diseases like the common cold, influenza, and the coronavirus. We want to help you keep you and your loved ones healthy!
- Wash your hands frequently. If you are not close to a sink, then use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol-based.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away in the trash. Then, wash your hands!
- Don't touch your face, eyes, and mouth because hands can transfer viruses from surfaces to these areas where they can be introduced into your body.
- Don't shake hands or hug people when greeting them. Instead, use fist bumps or elbow bumps, or just wave.
- Clean surfaces, doorknobs, computer keyboards, telephones and appliances that people touch with their hands with disinfectant wipes.
- Use disinfectant wipes on shopping carts, entry doors, airline tray tables and seats and other surfaces that are touched by multiple people frequently.
- If you are sick, stay home and call your physician. Do not go to the emergency room unless you are truly having an emergency.
- If your children are sick or not feeling well, keep them home from school.
- Have a plan in place in the event your child cannot go to school. Contact your child’s school for assignments that can be done online.
- If you are sick, stay away from other family members until you are feeling better. Always remember to wash your hands, use tissues, hand sanitizers and dispose of used tissues properly.
- Health authorities advise that healthy individuals need not wear masks.
- If you have multiple medical conditions and your immune system is weak, stay away from crowded places and make sure you are washing your hands frequently.
- The best thing you can do to stop the spread of any virus is GOOD HAND HYGIENE!
In summary, take a deep breath, wash your hands, clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant wipes. For now, avoid shaking hands, or hugging when greeting others, cover your cough with a tissue and dispose of your tissues properly. If you are feeling sick, stay home and seek medical advice over the phone before going to the emergency room.
A NOTE TO CURRENT RIGHT AT HOME OF ST. LOUIS CLIENTS — Our Agency is NOT experiencing staff illnesses at this time and are able to provide all of our scheduled shifts. We are not anticipating that this will change, however, depending on the spread of Coronavirus in our community or the response taken by national and state authorities (i.e. mandatory isolation, closure of schools, etc.), our ability to continue staffing all shifts could eventually be affected. We always suggest that our clients and their families have alternative or “back-up” arrangements in the event we are unable to provide services, and strongly recommend that those back-up plans be reviewed and updated during this uncertain time.
We will continue to make every effort possible to provide our clients with safe, risk-free care. We are in frequent communication with all Right at Home of St. Louis care providers, to update them about the Coronavirus and what is happening in the St. Louis community. We are also reviewing with all employees, training for proper hand hygiene, sneeze and cough etiquette and other preventative measures to control the spread of infection. As always, employees who are ill or symptomatic of a viral infection or cold are not permitted to work and are advised to seek medical advice from a physician.
Screening Tool for Right at Home of St. Louis Clients and Care Staff:
- Is anyone in your household experiencing cough or difficulty breathing that is new or associated with fever?
- Has anyone in your household recently returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea?
- Has anyone in your household had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?
- Does anyone in your household have a compromised immune system and susceptible to illness or infection?
If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions, please call your doctor and seek their medical advice. Most importantly, follow your health professional’s instructions! The State of Missouri is receiving emergency funding to provide testing for individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of viral infection and if it is suggested that you get tested, please do so immediately.
Our staff and caregivers continue to focus on our mission to “improve the quality of life for those we serve.
Additional Information & Resources
The following websites can provide additional information about the Coronavirus and how to stay healthy:
- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website: https://health.mo.gov/
- The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html