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A Look Back at Coronavirus in the St. Louis Area

SARS CoV-2, the official name for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, was first reported on in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus’s origins were unknown, there was no cure or known treatment, and the United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams said in February that face masks were not effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus.

The St. Louis area declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020, in response to a number of COVID-19 cases in the St. Louis area and the surrounding area. It followed the recommendations of the CDC in limiting gatherings of people to less than 250 people, then to 50. Although schools and businesses were not ordered to close, schools did close and many nonessential businesses did as well. In May, guidelines for reopening were issued and have been revised as the area reopens, and the state reopened for business on June 16.

Slowing the spread of Coronavirus in St. Louis

From March to June, we have learned more about SARS-CoV-2 and how it spreads. Not only is socially distancing six feet or more recommended, wearing a face mask in public is, too. Mandatory mask wearing may become a requirement in most buildings given the rapidly COVID-19 case spike in June. Mask wearing already is mandatory in many medical and dental settings, including at Watson Imaging Center.

Other things we have learned about the coronavirus is that it has been found to spread more slowly outside than inside, and those most vulnerable to catching it are people older than 60, people with pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, and those with autoimmune disorders or weakened immune systems. Children continue to be the least at risk for becoming infected with or showing signs of illness from COVID-19. While those who are asymptomatic still can spread the coronavirus, it is less likely than those who are showing symptoms.

Some things have not changed in the past few months: There still is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19, and doctors and scientists continue to work on finding an effective treatment for COVID-19. Much of the same advice to avoid being infected by COVID-19 also stands: Wash your hands, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and avoid large crowds or crowded places.

There is still a lot of uncertainty around when or if this first wave of COVID-19 will die down and when a vaccine will be available. We here at Watson Imaging Center continue to follow all guidelines to reduce the risk of infection in our facility as much as possible for our employees and our patients.

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