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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Center

What you need to know about the disease and our coverage commitment.

A closer look at the COVID-19 and your health

COVID-19 research is ongoing, but here’s what we know about the disease, how it spreads and how you can protect you and your family’s health.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus that was first identified in December 2019.

Symptoms for COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. In extreme cases, it can result in death. These symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

You should seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

How COVID-19 spreads

COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person, including between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks.

Under certain circumstances, such as when people are in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation, COVID-19 can sometimes spread by airborne transmission. It spreads less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces.

Ways to protect yourself

As the COVID-19 pandemic remains ongoing, you should keep up good preventive habits to lower your risk—especially as flu season is upon us and temperatures drop.

Here are some things that may reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Follow your state and local government’s orders and social distancing recommendations
  • Wash your hands often—follow the 20 second rule when washing your hands
  • Wear a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric that fits over your nose and mouth and fits snugly, especially in public setting. You can learn more about masks from the CDC here.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick—maintain 6 feet between you and others who may be sick
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or face
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you use often
  • Monitor your daily health and contact a health provider for guidance if you feel sick

Visit the CDC for more prevention and safety tips.

People who need to take extra precaution

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19. This includes:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions are also at greater risk. This includes:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • People with diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease

 

Because COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, people who smoke or vape might also be at greater risk.

Source: CDC, November 15, 2020

Get more resources from MyBlue

You can sign up for MyBlue and use the fepblue mobile app to make sure your information is correct and get access to additional tools. These include wellness resources from WebMD, such as the Blue Health Assessment and Online Health Coach.

More ways to stay informed

Real-time updates

See how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak.

The latest data

Johns Hopkins University has resources to help you learn more about the disease.

COVID-19 & Blue

Visit BCBS.com to see how BCBS companies are providing support to communities, providers and members during the COVID-19 pandemic.