The Top 4 Tools YOU can Use to Stop the Pandemic

The New Year brings a promise of fresh starts, a new beginning, a time for building new habits. With that thought in mind, Swope Health presents the Top Four Tools that can help you do your part to protect against COVID-19 in 2021.

These may sound familiar, and some may be healthy habits that you have already adopted from 2020. (If you’re already doing these, congratulations and keep up the good work!)

  1. Wear a mask. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth, indoors and outdoors. And two layers are better than one – you can wear a scarf or ski mask over your face in cold weather. And especially in cold or wet weather, keep a spare at hand in case yours becomes moist.
  2. Stay six feet away from others, indoors and outdoors. Limit your interactions with others outside those who live with you. When you must be out, whether it’s getting groceries or at church, limit contact and be on high alert to keep at least six feet away from others. Avoid crowded places.
  3. Wash your hands! Often! Use soap and warm water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash with soap and water. Wash up whenever you can – before preparing food, after eating, after diapering a child, touching a pet or sneezing. When in doubt, go wash your hands!
  4. Get tested for COVID-19. The virus is spreading throughout the community. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, you should be tested to protect yourself and others. Swope Health is providing free community testing at a variety of locations in the KC metro area. Here’s the current list, and it is always updated under COVID-19 at the Swope Health website.
  • Jan. 5, 10 am-2 pm, George Washington Carver Elementary School, 4600 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, MO 64`30
  • Jan. 6, 9 am-2 pm, Knights of Columbus, 5101 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO 64133
  • Jan. 7, 10 am -2 pm, Quindaro Community Center, 2726 Brown Ave, Kansas City, KS 66104
  • Jan. 11, 9 am-3 pm, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130 Register:https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2730 Missouri residents only.
  • Jan. 13, 9 am-2 pm, Knights of Columbus, 5101 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO 64133
  • Jan. 14, 10 am -2 pm, Quindaro Community Center, 2726 Brown Ave, Kansas City, KS 66104
  • Jan. 20, 9 am-2 pm, Knights of Columbus, 5101 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO 64133
  • Jan. 21, 10 am -2 pm, Quindaro Community Center, 2726 Brown Ave, Kansas City, KS 66104
  • Jan. 25, 9 am-3 pm, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130 Register:https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2730 Missouri residents only.
  • Jan. 27, 9 am-2 pm, Knights of Columbus, 5101 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO 64133
  • Feb. 1, 9 am-3 pm, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130 Register:https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2730 Missouri residents only.
  • Feb. 3, 9 am-2 pm, Knights of Columbus, 5101 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, MO 64133
  • Feb 4, 9 am-3 pm, KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153 Register:https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2730 Missouri residents only.

 

A New Tool is Coming Soon


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fifth tool– the new COVID-19 vaccines – will be available soon.

Swope Health will offer the free vaccines as soon as they are available, which will likely be in the early spring months of 2021.

While we’re sharing lists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers 8 things you should know about the vaccines:

  1. They are safe.
  2. The two-dose vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19.
  3. While supplies are limited, the initial distribution is prioritized.
  4. Supplies of vaccines will increase, making it available for everyone.
  5. The vaccination may have side effects that show it is working and your body is building protection.
  6. The vaccine will be available at no cost (and any administration fees can be reimbursed).
  7. More vaccines are in development and will be reviewed for Emergency Use Authorization.
  8. Vaccines are an important tool to help stop the pandemic.

Swope Health will offer more information about the vaccines in coming weeks. Check back at our website or talk with our COVID-19 team at any of the community testing events. Or visit with your provider – telemedicine calls also available – by scheduling at 816-923-5800.

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