What You Need to Know About COVID-19

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COVID-19 Basics

WHAT IS COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a specific strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses often causing mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, similar to the common cold or flu.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, difficulty breathing and fever. People who are elderly and/or have underlying health conditions are more at risk for severe complications. Symptoms of coronavirus may appear two to 14 days after exposure.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

The virus is thought to spread from person-to-person through droplets produced when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes. This can happen when people are in close contact with one another (within six feet), usually for a prolonged period of time.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY?

As soon as you are able, and if the vaccine is appropriate for you, get vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, continue to follow common-sense steps to help improve your chances of avoiding exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 Vaccines

We encourage our members to follow the advice of all respected public health experts to get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccination is the most effective action we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. As a reminder, the COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to you.

We realize you may have questions or concerns about the vaccine, and we are here to make sure you have the information you need to take care of your health.

If you think you were exposed to COVID-19, or begin to experience symptoms, call your Primary Care Provider (PCP). If you don’t know your doctor’s phone number, you can find it on your member ID card or look it up using our online Doctor & Hospital Finder. It is important to call your PCP’s office or other health care facility before you go there. When you call, you can inform them of your concerns, and they will give you further directions. If you are experiencing an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

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