COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.
(Source: World Health Organization)
Important links for up-to-date info on COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
(This list provides only a very few examples of the plethara of resources available on the internet. SSWAM will continue to add to the list as time allows, and as more information is retrieved--especially for the various regions in MO.)
Family Resources & Information
Helpful Guides and Activities for Children
NaliniKIDS - Short, daily exercises to promote physical and emotional connection
Oopa's Workout-NaliniKIDS - Brief self-reflective inquiry and exercises
5 Simple Ideas for Adding Movement to Your Child's Day
How do People Catch a Cold? - Netflix, Jr.
Talking to Children About Coronavirus (NASP)
Talking With Children (SAMHSA)
NPR - Coronavirus Comic Just for Kids
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents ( NCTSN)
30 Virtual Field Trips for Kis!
St. Louis Region - Operation Food Search
Free Meals - St. Louis Metro East
Harvester's Food Pantries (Missouri)
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Suggested Activities
Department of Social Services
MO Health Net and Child Care Subsidy Recipients
RideKC Regional Transit Services
ParentLink WarmLine (University of Missouri)
Personal Identity Information