How can I prevent COVID-19 and protect myself or family?
The CDC expects widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States in the coming months. Meaning, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. However, as scary as all this may seem, the CDC maintains that if we all continue to take CDC-recommended measures, we will be able to protect ourselves and others from illness.
Let’s go over some COVID-19 FAQs, as well as refresh ourselves on the CDC-recommended steps to help prevent coronavirus. All CDC recommendations and other information are updated as of April 7, 2020
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily from person to person, between people who are in close contact—within six feet—of one another, or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. These droplets can be inhaled into the lungs, or even land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.
Can someone spread coronavirus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are showing strong symptoms of the illness, including:
- Shortness of breath
Although there have been reports of the virus being spread before showing symptoms, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Can someone get the virus from contact with a contaminated surface or object?
Yes, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. Though this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads, it is crucial not to touch your mouth, nose, or possibly eyes when you encounter a potentially contaminated surface.
Can my pets get sick from coronavirus?
While there are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19 or showing symptoms in the United States, you should still practice healthy habits around your pets to help ensure both you and your pets stay healthy!
- Wash your hands
- Maintain good hygiene
- Avoid contact with pets if you are sick
However, the CDC is still researching how COVID-19 affects animals, and people with COVID-19 should limit contact with animals until we know more. If possible, have someone else care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, and sharing food, and always remember to wash your hands!
Steps recommended by the CDC to help prevent COVID-19:
- Put distance between yourself and other people in your community. This includes “social distancing,” self-isolation, and remaining at least six feet away from others when in public settings.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home with home cleaning solution or wipes. These surfaces include doorknobs, counter tops, faucets, toilet seats, and light switches, all of which could harbor the COVID-19 virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not readily available, you may use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. This will help prevent the virus from entering your body after touching a contaminated surface.
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue. Immediately throw used tissues in the trash.
- If you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, stay home and do not risk spreading the virus to others.
- If you have children, have a healthy talk with them regarding how to protect themselves and others as well. Here are some tips on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19.
OneShare Member Eligibility for COVID-19 Treatment
We understand that you might have some concerns as confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise in the United States. These may be stressful times, but we want to put your mind at ease and remind you that we are here with you, praying for you, and supporting you.
If you’re a Member enrolled in our Complete or Classic health care sharing Program, and you or a participating family member are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, needed testing, treatment, and medical services are Eligible for Sharing, subject to the Program Guidelines.
For Members enrolled in our Catastrophic health care sharing Program, Emergency Room and Hospitalization medical expenses are Eligible for Sharing, subject to the Program Guidelines. However, Primary Care Physician (PCP) visits, Urgent Care, and COVID-19 testing expenses are Not Eligible for Sharing.
Members with questions regarding Sharing Eligibility for COVID-19 medical expenses can contact our Member Support Team at (833) 546-4478, Monday through Friday, 8am — 6pm CST.
What should I do if I think I have been exposed?
With Clever HealthTM Virtual Care (Telemedicine) (or Teladoc® in MA), the doctor is always in, offering convenient relief for your body and peace of mind. Clever HealthTM makes Smart Virtual Care better, faster, and easier. At your fingertips, Clever HealthTM can more efficiently and accurately take care of non-emergent health care needs. Via an AI-driven smart questionnaire you and your family have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to state-licensed and fully credentialed providers in the most convenient and efficient way.
However, Clever HealthTM consults via chat, phone, or video are also available to you and your family via the app. Using intelligent intake, local providers, and population health intelligence, Clever HealthTM reduces errors and can provide proper follow-up and ongoing care at local facilities.
Member Assistance to Help with the Stress of COVID-19
The IBH Behavioral Health / Member Assistance Program (MAP), in partnership with OneShare, is available to Members of the Catastrophic, Classic, and Complete Programs. Through IBH, the Behavioral Health / Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides innovative, technology-based tools and Work-Life treatments for substance abuse, behavioral health, and wellness engagement through the following services and more:
- Up to four (4) face-to-face, video, or telephonic counseling sessions for relationship and family issues, stress, anxiety, and other common challenges.
- 24-Hour Crisis Help:
- Toll-free access for you or a family member experiencing a crisis.
- Peer Support Groups:
- Online support groups for addiction, depression, bipolar, and anxiety.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 (ESV)