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?
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:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when sick. This includes staying home from work, school, errands, and travel for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone.
- Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like phones, keyboards, and doorknobs.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink lots of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
- If you’re not sick, the CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask to protect yourself from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- If you’re sick with COVID-19, or being evaluated for COVID-19, you should wear a face mask when you are around other people to help prevent spreading the disease to others.
- If you’re taking care of someone who has COVID-19, you should wear a face mask to protect yourself when you are in close contact with a person who is sick with COVID-19, or being evaluated forCOVID-19. CDC information for household members and caregivers can be found here.
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.
Want to know more about COVID-19 Coronavirus?
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U.S. Department of State China Travel AdvisoryRead Here
World Health Organization CoronavirusRead Here
People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19Read Here
Workplace, School and Home GuidanceRead Here
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.