Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Some Helpful Info

As the virus slows in China (originated in December), it seems to be gaining ground in other parts of the world, including cases in the US. According to the CDC website, “the newly emerged corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that seems to be spreading much like flu.” According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 will include shortness of breath/trouble breathing, fever, and coughing. “In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death (elderly people and those with compromised immune systems appear to be more at risk).” -Aetna

How is COVID-19 Spread?
It is usually spread from the infected person through the air by coughing and sneezing, and through close personal contact (i.e., touching or shaking hands).

Prevention is Key

  1. It’s a good idea to always practice covering sneezes and coughs, along with regular hand washing (with soap, in warm/hot water for about 20 seconds).
  2. Avoid sharing things like the same glass
  3. Clean high-touch areas often
  4. It doesn’t hurt to keep your immune system healthy by adding:
    a. zinc sulfate (the liquid kind made with no alcohol is best)
    b. Ester C or liposomal Vitamin C (at least 1,000 mg per day)
    c. Celery juice (yes!)
    d. Exercise and healthy eating too

What If I Get Sick?

Make an appointment with your doctor/see an urgent care provider. Some healthy choices for self treatment include:

  • Elderberry syrup or Young Living Thieves throat lozenges (amazing help) for any kind of flu or sore throat.
  • Avoid going out or being around both pets and humans
  • Wear a face mask

What Are Health Insurance Companies Doing?

Health insurance carriers/providers have been sending out emails to insurance agents/brokers since last week. The following are some of the examples:

  • For its members, United Healthcare is waiving costs of diagnostic tests for the COVID-19 and providing an emotional support hotline, (866) 342-6892 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) for anyone dealing with stress or anxiety related to COVID-19.
  • For Aetna members, they are waiving co-pays for all diagnostic testing related to COVID-19. The cost related to physician-ordered testing for patients who meet CDC guidelines, which can be done in any approved laboratory location. For the next 90 days, they’re also providing support for: Telemedicine (video visits through the CVS Minute Clinic app, Aetna-covered Teladoc® are also available). For more information, visit:

The CDC website has a video, 5 Things to Know about COVID-19
Disclaimer: please check with your insurance carrier for plan specific information related to testing or doctor visits.

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