Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The number one news story these last few weeks has been the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it’s impacting the lives of millions of people around the world. You can turn on the news or scroll through social media without hearing about COVID-19. Some choose to tune this out and continue going throughout their day by taking simple yet effective steps for preventing the spread of the virus.

  • Washing your hands often
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Staying home when you are sick

For many hearing about the impacts of COVID-19 and how it could potentially impact their lives is very worrisome. This worry can transform itself in stress, fear and anxiety. Whether you are the head of your household, a parent or a business owner you should start taking preventative steps moving forward.

First, contact your insurance or Medicare provider to best understand your plans coverages related to COVID-19. Some states such as Oregon have already obtained agreements with health insurance companies. The agreement means consumers with fully-insured individual or group health plans will not be responsible for co-payment, co-insurance or deductible related to the COVID-19 for certain services, such as testing, labs and in-network office visit (including urgent care or emergency room visit).

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is being constantly updated with up to date information about the virus and guidance to individuals, communities and businesses currently impacted or preparing for COVID-19. I’d like to take a little time to highlight a couple of basics steps the CDC is recommending.

  1. Open Communication –
    1. Start having an open dialog with your staff and family about the virus and the potential impacts it may have on the company or family
    2. Understand the concerns of your family and staff
    3. Identify what they need
      1. Does your receptionist want sterilizing wipes or nitrile gloves for handling money?
  2. Develop a Plan —
    1. What would you do if one of your family members or staff starting displaying symptoms or was diagnosed with COVID-19?
      1. Is working from home an option for your staff?
      2. Who watches the kids if they are out of school for extended periods?
    2. Identify the resources you need to obtain
    3. Identify local resources available to you
  3. Strike a Balance —
    1. Constant intake of information on COVID-19 can be stressful for adults and children
    2. Find ways to destress
    3. Reassure those around you

For more information visit CDC.gov.

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