Whether you find yourself in the Kansas City region, in greater Kansas or Missouri or across the country, we are here to help our patients, staff, family, friends and communities navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. From this page, you can find the answers to a number of your COVID-19 questions – from testing and masking to care and prevention.
To help keep you and your family safe and fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we ask you continue to follow the pillars of infection prevention. If you haven’t already, consider scheduling your COVID-19 vaccination through your primary care provider or your local pharmacy.
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Testing for COVID-19
Schedule a test with your primary care provider or find a swab clinic near you.
How to fit your mask
Dana Hawkinson, MD: Improved fit will help reduce the risk of catching coronavirus and help reduce the spread. Currently on the CDC website, they do have that it is important to make sure that you improve the fit of your mask as much as possible. And you can do that by tying the mask or improving the fit of the surgical mask.
So first I want to make sure that I have my hand sanitized with alcohol gel. And the easiest way to do it is to just pick it up before you place it on your face. At that point in time, you just fold it in half. So it's kind of folded like a hot dog bun. Next, you work towards tying the loops. And the easiest way to do this is to do it by two finger breadths, tying the loop around, and you really want to try to get it as close to the mask as possible. But as you can see, we've just tied a simple little knot. Now to the other side. The next step is to kind of get it to form to your face initially. And that is by using the nose and the metal band, and then also pulling it down around your chin.
So obviously you can see here, there is still some gaps. The last part is trying to fold in those open gaps, fold it in around your face so that you can reduce the amount of open space around the mask and the face as much as possible. But once you do that, you should have as little amount of gap as possible. Again, this is all to improve the fit, to improve any open air exchange. If you are expressing the disease or the droplets out into the community, or if you are inhaling as well, this will help.
Take good care
Following several simple practices will help you and your loved ones reduce risk of infection. But if you or someone close to you does feel ill, it’s important to recognize symptoms and seek care responsibly. Review these guidelines on prevention, symptoms and supportive care.
Stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations by getting your primary vaccination series and your booster. If in an area of high transmission, follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash hands often with soap and water or sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when sick.
- Wear masks in public, indoor spaces and practice physical distancing.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may occur 2-14 days after exposure. Some of the most common include:
- Shortness of breath
Secondary symptoms may include loss of taste or smell, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, aches or muscle pain, headache, congestion, runny nose, sore throat or chills.
If you find yourself or a loved one feeling ill, do the following:
- If you have symptoms, call your doctor’s office or urgent care center.
- Alert your doctor if you have been in contact with someone ill or have traveled.
- Treat mild cases at home with fluids, pain and fever reducers and rest.