Worried about coronavirus and COVID-19?
Here’s some information you can use to help protect yourself and the people you care about.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging citizens to help reduce the risk of infections spreading. Check the CDC website or up-to-date information, especially if traveling.
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Coronavirus and COVID-19
What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of corona viruses that includes the common cold.
What are the symptoms?
According to the CDC, most people develop symptoms between 2 and 14 days after being infected. Symptoms can be mild to severe and may include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How does the virus spread?
Right now, medical experts think that COVID-19 spreads
from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze or kiss. However, since COVID-19 is a new disease, scientists around the globe are racing to learn more about it.
Prevention and treatment
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Check the CDC website for up-to-date information. If you’re traveling, you’ll want to visit the CDC travel page
for their most current travel guidelines.
Good health habits can also help prevent and fight COVID-19. You should:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place. You should also wash them after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth by coughing or sneezing into your elbow. You may also cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
- Wear a cloth face covering when outside of your home (including the common areas of condominiums and high-rises) and stay at least six feet away from other people. This is about two arms’ lengths.
- Stay home if you are sick, including staying home from work, school, or running errands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as phones, keyboards, and doorknobs daily.
- Maintain healthy habits such as sleeping enough, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritious food.
Do I need to wear a face cover?
According to the CDC, everyone should wear a cloth face cover when out in public. Cloth face covers protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about six feet between yourself and others. Cloth face covers are not a substitute for social distancing.
What if I have symptoms?
Call your doctor if you develop a fever, have a cough, or have difficulty breathing. And let them know if you’ve been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area where the virus has spread. You can also check to see if your plan offers telehealth benefits to see a doctor online. If you think you're infected, using telehealth helps to prevent spreading a virus.
Are there any prescription drugs that can be used to treat COVID-19?
According to the CDC, there is currently no cure for COVID-19 and no prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that can be used to treat COVID-19. Several recent media reports have focused on new and existing antiviral drugs being tested for use in treating COVID-19. None of these drugs are approved for use with COVID-19, and many are still being investigated. We are monitoring developments in this area closely and will evaluate how benefits will cover treatments once treatments are approved.
Are there any vaccines available to prevent COVID-19?
According to the CDC, a vaccine is not available yet. A number of vaccines are being tested, but they are still in the early stages of development. They will need to go through clinical trials to help ensure they are both safe and effective before they are ready for the public.
Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information, especially if traveling.
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Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.: What You Need to Knowabout the Coronavirus (March 11, 2020): https://www.anthem.com/blog/member-news/how-to-protect/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About 2019 NovelCoronavirus (2019-nCoV) (January 28, 2020): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CoronavirusDisease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary (March 3, 2020): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
* The Sydney Care COVID-19 Assessment is based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and reviewed and approved by Anthem, Inc.’s Clinical Solutions team.
* The Sydney Care Coronavirus Assessment is based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and reviewed and approved by Anthem, Inc.’s Clinical Solutions team.