ARC Benefit Solutions is committed to your health and well being. As news continues to spread about the coronavirus COVID-19, we want to be sure we keep our valued clients informed. Below is some information gathered from resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the virus and how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others.
Many health plans are covering testing for COVID-19. Carriers are continually providing more details and updates as they come about regarding your plan and coverage in relation to COVID-19. We will be sure to continually update you as we receive more information. Contact your ARC representative with any questions.
According to CDC, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
How is COVID-19 spread?
Human coronaviruses are usually spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How can I protect myself and others?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions including:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.