Missouri hospitals are safe, and ready for you.
It’s important that Missourians continue to seek care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those with pre-existing or chronic conditions that need follow-up attention. Because of stay-at-home measures and fear of catching COVID-19, you may be hesitant to visit the doctor’s office, an urgent care clinic or the emergency room. It’s important to know that you can safely seek medical care and protect yourself. Not getting care – particularly for chronic illnesses, and urgent or emergency conditions – puts you at high risk for complications later.
Hospitals have safety precautions and infection control measures in place that apply to every patient and health care worker. Because hospitals are isolating COVID-19 patients from other patients, and have rigorous screening procedures and strict visitor policies in place, the risk of contracting the virus in the hospital is low.
You should call 911 or go straight to the ER for any of these serious symptoms:
- acute chest pain
- shortness of breath
- muscle weakness
- difficulty speaking
- changes in vision
- acute headache or severe abdominal pain that does not resolve in a few hours
You can feel safe to resume medical care you may have delayed because of the pandemic. This includes diagnostic procedures (colonoscopies, mammograms, biopsies, etc.) and medically necessary surgeries (joint replacements, hernia repairs, etc.).