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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?

Coronavirus 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?

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and14 days after being infected. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

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:

Do I need to wear a face mask?

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?

Right now, there are no prescription drugs that are approved to treat this virus. Scientists are working quickly to develop treatment, so we are closely monitoring CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance for updates on the best treatments.

Are there any vaccines available to prevent COVID-19?

Not yet. Several vaccines are being tested, but they’re still in the very early stages of development. After that, they’ll need to go through clinical trials to be sure they are both safe and effective before they’d be ready for the public.

For more information, check the CDC website for up-to-date details and recommendations about COVID-19.

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Sources

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
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