Coronavirus Prevention Tips for Medicare Advantage Members

Julie Bitely

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Considering the recent uptick in new coronavirus cases in Michigan and the U.S., we want to make sure all our members know where to find reputable information to make decisions about their health and health care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain populations appear to be at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. This includes older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. We want to make you aware of practical, proven ways you can minimize your risk of exposure to the virus. For starters, the CDC advises:
  • Those at high risk for getting very sick should stock up on needed supplies to self-quarantine, but don’t hoard supplies everyone needs
  • Practice social distancing and avoid crowds
  • Cancel non-essential travel and wash your hands frequently
  • A full list of detailed, precautionary measures can be found here
The CDC advises that high-risk individuals be aware of common symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you feel like you have those symptoms, call your doctor; he or she can provide guidance about testing. Please don’t show up at a health care provider’s office unannounced. If you’re unable to get in touch with your doctor, check with your local health department. You can find contact information for your county online here. Emergency signs for COVID-19 mean you should seek medical attention immediately by calling 911. These include:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • High fever
While the spread of new cases of the coronavirus can feel troubling, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Pay attention to how you’re feeling physically, take proper precautions and be mindful of your mental health during this time. On the back of your insurance card, you’ll find a phone number for mental health and substance use help. If you feel you need extra support, calling the number puts you in touch with a live person who can help connect you to an in-network professional. You might also be interested in these strategies to manage stress and anxiety. Find out how Blue Cross is specifically supporting our Medicare Advantage members here. Photo credit: katleho Seisa
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