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Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know (Continued)

Treatment—Neither is treatable with antibiotics. Both may be treated by addressing the symptoms. Antiviral medications may ease flu symptoms and shorten the duration. These medications are currently being tested to see if they may address COVID-19 symptoms. Fever reducers and treatments that ease breathing may help.

Prevention—A flu vaccine is available to help prevent the most dangerous types and reduce the severity. A vaccine for COVID-19 is underway but isn’t currently available. Both may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, refraining from touching your eyes, nose or mouth, staying home when sick, and limiting contact with people who are infected. Respiratory masks aren’t recommended except for healthcare providers.

What can I do to protect myself?

Regardless of age, following the prevention tips above are the best steps you can take to protect yourself against infection. As with any disease, early detection is key, so contact your health provider at the first sign of any symptoms.

Here are a few more safety steps you may want to consider:

  • Avoid community centers or ask the staff if they’ve had any cases of coronavirus
  • Postpone non-essential doctor visits, such as routine annual eye exams or dental cleanings, and consider using Telemedicine
  • Stay current on vaccines, especially for the flu and pneumonia
  • Be aware of atypical symptoms, or any reason you don’t feel the way you usually do, and contact your doctor if necessary
Will Medicare cover my costs?

If your diagnostic test for COVID-19 is ordered by your doctor or healthcare provider, it’s covered under Medicare Part B. Additional coverage details will evolve as they release new treatments and a vaccine. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, benefits vary by plan, but your standard benefits should apply to doctor appointments, hospital care, and over-the-counter supplies. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for confirmation of your specific plan benefits.

Additional Resources:

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions
Medicare and the Coronavirus: Important Facts