Recent outbreaks of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have created fear and confusion for many people. In an effort to keep Members of the Sedera Medical Cost Sharing Community as healthy as possible during a concerning virus season, here are a few tips that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other common active respiratory viruses. Sedera acknowledges that there is a lot we do not know at this time. Information is moving quickly. Situations are constantly evolving. We will do our best to update these resources as we receive information.
Fact or Fiction?
Before you read our helpful tips, take a minute to test your knowledge of COVID-19
Simple Actions, Big Protection
Coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets. These are produced and released when someone sneezes or coughs. Here are a few practical steps you can take to help minimize the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Stop shaking hands with people, even if everyone is healthy. Need an alternative? We are trying out a respectful bow in the Sedera office.
- Do not share food or drinks, even with people in your immediate family.
- Wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Say the alphabet or sing the Happy Birthday song while you wash to make sure you are doing it long enough. In between hand-washing, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Try to stop touching your face with your hands. Did you know that people touch their faces an average of 200 times per day?
- If you have cold or flu symptoms, do not risk exposing other people to a virus. Work from home and postpone social engagements.
- Based on current reports, “contact” can be considered 6 feet or closer, so try to stay more than six feet from anyone who is ill and certainly if you are ill. Also, disinfect surfaces you touch.
- If Coronavirus comes to your community, help protect your older and sicker relatives and friends by keeping in-person visits to a minimum. Instead, consider connecting with video and telephone communication.
- Lysol should work as a disinfectant. Use it often to clean bathrooms, sinks, door handles, and common surfaces in and around your home and office.
- Get your flu shot! This will decrease your likelihood of confusing flu symptoms with Coronavirus.
- Overall, this new virus provides a good reminder to care for your health: sleep well, moderate your stress, eat healthy foods (lots of plants if you can), and exercise regularly.
If You Have Symptoms
- Call First:If you are ill and you know Coronavirus is in your city, or if you have reason to suspect you might have Coronavirus, call your medical provider to let them know. They will work with health authorities to guide you through what steps to take. If you are very ill and your doctor does not call you back, you may need to seekemergency care.
- Stay home unless seeking medical help. This is the easiest way to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Telemedicine is a great resource to use to discuss alleviating symptoms.
- Stay informed. The CDC is the best resource to stay up-to-date. For more information, see CDC guidance on “What to do when sick with COVID-19?”
Bear in mind: healthy children seem to have mild symptoms from this Coronavirus. The people most at risk are the elderly, those with chronic lung and heart disease, and those with diabetes. It makes sense to do our best to protect them.
Spread Common Sense, Not Germs
There are a lot of simple things you can do to prevent spreading the disease and incorrect information about it. We recommend checking the CDC website for up-to-date data and guidance.