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Staying Informed About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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:

Know the symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

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.

Keep yourself and others healthy

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:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or having been in a public place
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places, such as elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something
  • Remove germs by frequently cleaning and disinfecting your home, especially those frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, toilets, faucets and cell phones
  • Avoid shaking hands with other people
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. The risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick

Understand if you are at higher risk

Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This can include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored, since they are known to be at risk of severe viral illness. However, data on COVID-19 to date has not shown increased risk.

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.

Travel Recommendations

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 can all do our part

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.