From the COVID-19 St. Louis Jewish Medical Advisory Board

Dear Community Members,

We are very pleased that our Jewish community has demonstrated an impressive level of compliance with medical recommendations designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. We believe that these measures are working to reduce the number of new cases per day, but new cases still continue to appear in the St. Louis area. Infections are expected to peak in about 2 weeks, which means the risk of infection when outside of your home will continue to rise, as will the need for more hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators. This means that continued vigilance by each one of us not to get infected or spread infection is essential.

We would like to remind everybody how important it is to stay at home as much as possible. If you must leave the house, it should be for essential errands only. Limit your exposure to others as much as possible. Use online shopping and delivery, curbside pickup, and drive-thru windows. Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or by email. Bank online whenever possible. If you must touch public surfaces such as a gas pump or ATM machine, use gloves or disinfecting wipes.

Venturing out to a store where other people are present poses the greatest risk of viral infection by both droplets and contaminated surfaces.

If you must go out for essential errands in person, protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Remember the motto: MY MASK PROTECTS YOU and YOUR MASK PROTECTS ME

If you are going outside of your home, EVEN IF YOU expect to be alone or only with members of your household, please wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. Since droplets can be spread by talking and breathing as well as by coughing and sneezing, this keeps your germs to yourself. If everyone wears a mask when outside of their home, everyone will be safer.