Last Updated March 26, 2020
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to be a serious public health issue. Quantum Health is closely monitoring the situation, with guidance from leading public health organizations, to ensure that we provide the most up-to-date information and guidelines for our clients, members and employees.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides current information on COVID-19, including understanding symptoms, how to stay healthy, and when to call or visit your healthcare provider. A list of the newest guidance can be found at the CDC’s What’s New page.
Overall guidance includes:
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
Call your healthcare provider if:
You develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19; OR You have recently traveled from an area with wide or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
To ensure you know how to protect yourself, the CDC offers guidance, including information on how COVID-19 can spread, steps to protect you and others, and other everyday precautions. These include:
Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This can include:
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune-weakening medications.
For older adults, or those who have severe chronic medical conditions, it’s very important to take steps to stay healthy with actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact of the disease.
Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk of COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. You can protect children from getting sick with these tips to keep them healthy.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel because of the global impact of COVID-19. With the exposure and impact changing frequently in each country, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. This includes avoiding plane trips, and especially embarking on cruise ships. For Travel Health Notice levels and travel guidance by country, the most current and comprehensive outline can be found here.
We all need to do our part to understand, help slow the spread, and ultimately reduce the impact of COVID-19 for ourselves, our families and our communities. Families can plan and make decisions now for their households that will help to protect members of the family. Businesses can decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in the workplace by reducing transmission among employees, maintaining healthy business operations, and maintaining a healthy work environment.
For the latest information and guidance about COVID-19, please visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Quantum Health is committed to monitoring this evolving situation, and we will keep our members, clients and employees updated on new developments.