Play your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. We all can play a part in protecting ourselves and others from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Everyday prevention measures

Cloth Face Masks

Wearing a cloth face covering or mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventative actions. Cloth masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

Learn how and when to wear a mask on our Cloth Mask and Face Coverings page.

Other prevention measures

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, and we can all do our part to slow the spread throughout the Kansas City region. While we are still learning how COVID-19 spreads, individuals protect yourself by:

Cleaning and disinfectant measures can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Rumors and Misinformation

Just like the virus itself, you can do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. Visit our COVID-19 Rumors page for tips on spotting misinformation, links to trustworthy sources and analysic of common myths.

Know Your Risk

Understand the risks associated with different activities in order to make the best decisions for you and your family.

Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities

Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. Here are resources on how to prepare and take action for COVID-19 in communities:

What to do if you become sick

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you think that you are sick with COVID-19, it's important that you take measures to prevent the disease from spreading to others.

Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas, including work, school and other public places.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor or seeking medical attention. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.

Visit the CDC website for additional steps to take if you become sick

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Additional resources

Use the links below to learn more about how to prepare for, and sustain during, a local COVID-19 outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Public Information Hotline: 1-877-435-8411

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kansas Public Information Hotline: 1-866-534-3463