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Attention: Prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself. Zing Health Plan Members and our AmaZING health community can learn more here. Attention: Prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself. Zing Health Plan Members and our AmaZING health community can learn more here. Attention: Prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself. Zing Health Plan Members and our AmaZING health community can learn more here. Attention: Prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself. Zing Health Plan Members and our AmaZING health community can learn more here.

IMPORTANT HEALTH ALERT
FOR OUR AmaZING HEALTH
COMMUNITY

Many of you are, no doubt, following the news regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus -2019 (COVID-19) virus which began in China in December of 2019 and has spread to multiple countries, including the United States. There has been one patient in a Chicago South Suburban Area who has tested positive for Coronavirus-2019. This virus is new and it is not the regular Flu and it is not the common cold. If you have been vaccinated against the Flu, that vaccine will not protect you against this virus. Because it is new, we humans do not have any natural immunity to the virus. It spreads from human to human. We are not absolutely sure how long the time is between becoming infected and showing symptoms, but the current thinking is 14 days.

There are people who have tested positive for Coronavirus-2019, and people who have been exposed to Coronavirus, who may never display any symptoms. There is a concern that these individuals can transmit the virus even if they are not visibly sick. One of the tools the World Health Organization (WHO), World Governments, and the CDC is using to prevent the spread of the virus, is a quarantine for 14 days for people who have been exposed but do not show any signs of the illness. Quarantine may mean being restricted to your home, or a cruise ship, or hospitalized to prevent the spread of the virus.

Health News from the Zing Health CMO

Sydney Ross-Davis,M.D

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

  1. The State of Illinois declared a State of Emergency on Monday 3/9/2020 due to the Corona virus or the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  2. Please refer to the IDPH website for the latest on the COVID-19 Pandemic (http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus)
  3. We are strongly advising our members, especially those with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, COPD, asthma, or who are currently on medications that decrease their ability to fight infections, such as steroids or chemotherapy drugs, to avoid:
    1. Any unnecessary travel
    2. Large groups at social or sports events
    3. Visits to nursing homes or hospitalized patients
  4. Once again, if you have any questions about your health, please contact your primary care physician
  5. COVID-19 Household Preparedness Checklist
  6. Disinfecting your home if someone is sick

Keep yourself and others healthy.

What Older Adults Need to Know About COVID-19

If you're over 40, please read this short article to be informed.

Important Health Alert Guides

Please click on the guide for more information.

Public Health Authorities

To get the latest update on the coronavirus outbreak in your community , visit your local health department, state health department or CDC online.

Dial 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to have all your coronavirus questions answered.

Important Health Alert for Our AmaZING Health Community

Below are the important things you should know from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Symptoms

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask

AmaZing protection starts with clean hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
  • For information about hand-washing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
  • For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
  • These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC also has specific guidance for travelers
  • Treatment

    There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

    People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

    To learn how Zing Health’s Medicare Advantage plan can cover coronavirus testing, Call or Request a Call.

    Download the prevention checklist today.

    Dial 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to have all your coronavirus questions answered.

    Due to COVID-19, Zing Health now offers two
    new benefits for members:

    1. Mail Order pharmacy service. To sign up, call
    1-866-946-4458 (TTY: 711) or click here

    2. MDLive Virtual Healthcare click here