As the coronavirus situation in Missouri and across the country continues to evolve, Senator Josh Hawley is in regular communication with state and federal agencies.

Senator Hawley has introduced the Emergency Family Relief Act of 2020 to provide working families facing uncertainty during the coronavirus outbreak a guarantee of real financial relief from looming economic hardship.

As well, after reports of potential American drug shortages due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Senator Hawley introduced legislation to secure the U.S. medical supply chain and ensure that Americans have uninterrupted access to life-saving drugs and medical devices. A bipartisan companion bill was recently introduced in the U.S. House.

Senator Hawley also voted to provide supplemental funding that will steer nearly $10 million in federal funds to Missouri for the immediate coronavirus response, and joined legislation that will help ensure respirator manufacturers can produce these critical medical devices during health crises.

Missouri COVID–19 hotline staffed by medical professionals for people seeking guidance on the new coronavirus

There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting any viral respiratory infections. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces EPA list of disinfectants

It is also important for people to stay at home away from others if they are sick.

Additional information from the CDC

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, call your health care professional.

If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, follow instructions provided by your local health department.

Additional information from the CDC

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 diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well 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)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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