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Medicare and the Coronavirus: Important Facts

Understanding health threats and how you can respond to them is a critical part of healthcare. Here’s what you need to know about Medicare and the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Coronavirus: What It Is

Coronavirus is a category of viruses that cause various illnesses like colds and other respiratory diseases. The strain of coronavirus currently in the news is a novel strain, or new version of the virus. It causes a severe acute respiratory illness.

Names for Coronavirus

The illness is being called coronavirus colloquially, but the official name designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) is COVID-19. The strain of virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2. During the early stages of the virus, it was called 2019-nCoV. We will use COVID-19 for the rest of this article.

Common COVID-19 Symptoms

Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of COVID-19. They generally appear within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Additional respiratory symptoms may also appear, such as pneumonia.

If you have a fever and respiratory difficulty of any kind, call your doctor or another healthcare provider and explain your symptoms. They can tell you what your next steps should be, specific to their ability to protect and diagnose patients. Some areas may have access to test kits, some may not.

COVID-19 Treatment

Currently there is no treatment for COVID-19, just ways to manage and alleviate the symptoms. Fever reducers might be used, or treatments that ease breathing. Over time, additional treatments may be created.

Read on to get coronavirus prevention tips, and important details about Medicare coverage.