Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with COVID-19. Person-to-person spread has been reported outside China, including in the United States and other countries. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent further spread of COVID-19.
For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure and can include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Stay informed – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/)
Remember to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
Stay home if you are sick.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Practice social distancing
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to the affected geographic areas or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
For our Individual/Family plan members and Employer group plan members, Co-pays, deductibles, or coinsurance for all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 will not cost you. This includes hospital (including emergency department), urgent care visits, and provider office visits where the purpose of the visit is to be screened and/or tested for COVID-19.
Due to COVID-19, you may now sign up for health coverage directly with CCHP or through Covered California until June 30th, 2020. This Special Enrollment Period allows uninsured individuals and those who are affected by income changes, reduced hours and layoffs to apply for health coverage. For more information, please visit www.coveredca.com. CCHP is here to help you choose a health insurance plan that suits your health care needs. Please call CCHP Sales Department at 1-888-371-3060 to find out how to enroll in CCHP through Covered California.
If possible, do not travel to the affected geographic areas.
Do not use facemasks. CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
All travelers from the affected areas, including business travelers, people who visited friends and family, and humanitarian workers should take the following steps:
First, watch for any changes in your health for 14 days after leaving affected areas. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel. They will provide further instruction about steps to take before your medical visit to help to reduce the risk that you will spread your illness to other people in the office or waiting room, if that is what has made you sick. Don’t travel while you are sick.