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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

A collection of reliable resources about the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Vaccines

Getting vaccinated (and getting your vaccine booster) is the best way to protect yourself and others. Check with your local authorities to learn more about how the vaccines are rolling out in your area.

Reducing Risk of Coronavirus Transmission

Below, an updated infographic on COVID-19 risk and harm reduction tips.

Tips include getting vaccinated, wearing masks, keeping distant from others, cleaning hands, meeting with fewer people, staying home when sick, keeping interactions brief, and not sharing food, drinks, toys and equipment. Staying home alone or with household members is the least risky. Next lowest -- run, bike, walk with others outdoors. Higher risk -- group gatherings outdoors. Highest risk -- group gatherings indoors.

If you must be in crowded rooms, consider whether you can improve ventilation or air filtration, along with wearing high quality masks.

Chart ranking risk of different behaviors, as summarized by text above.

Flattening the Curve

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The most important thing to do right now is to slow the spread of the disease. This is called "flattening the curve," and it means that there will be more resources for anyone who does catch it, so everyone will have better outcomes. To accomplish this, you can take several simple steps.

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible, and get your booster shots on the recommended schedule.
  • Stay home if at all possible, and do not leave your house if you are sick.
  • Wear a facemask, ideally an N95 or equivalent respirator, when in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you can't wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and make sure to put distance between yourself and other people if the virus is spreading in your community.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes - use your elbow, not your hands!
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touch often during the day.

Who to Contact

If you think you have been exposed, stay home and call your doctor or one of the local hotlines for more advice.

  • St. Louis County: (314) 615-2660
  • St. Louis City: (314) 657-1499
  • Missouri DHSS 24-hour hotline: (877) 435-8411

College Resources

You can access many of the resources provided by the libraries from any internet connection, without having to come to campus. You can also always email or send a chat message to talk to a librarian!

If you use any of these internet providers, always check the terms of service, and make sure to note if you will need to cancel the service before it changes to a paid subscription. 

Just For Fun

Here are a few neat programs online to explore while you are at home!

Ask A Librarian

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Chat with us here, or go to our Ask a Librarian page to see other ways to get help.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000