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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (Continued)

How can I avoid catching coronavirus?

Common hygiene measures are often effective against the spread of COVID-19. Make a habit of:

  • Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water
  • Sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve (and immediately dispose of the tissue)
  • Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces and objects, especially ones frequently touched by other people
  • Not touching your face
  • Avoiding public places and other people if you feel sick

Additionally, you can reduce your risk by not traveling overseas, especially to places with known COVID-19 outbreaks.

Will my coronavirus treatment or testing be covered by Medicare?

COVID-19 tests ordered by healthcare professionals are covered by Medicare Part B. Standard coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, or over-the-counter supplies should apply. Your coverage may vary depending on your Medicare plan.

There are no COVID-19 treatments right now, although healthcare providers may be able to assist with managing your symptoms. A vaccine is being developed, but may take up to two years, according to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Is coronavirus dangerous?

Much like the flu, the severity of COVID-19 cases varies. But it can have severe symptoms, especially for people who have compromised immune systems, so taking precautions for your health and the health of others is important.

How can I get coronavirus updates?

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will have U.S.-specific updates, warnings, and information. WHO also publishes news about COVID-19 from around the globe. Your local leaders (governor, mayor, local health organizations) will have more information about COVID-19 cases, preparation, and prevention in your area.

You may also want to read Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know.