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We want you to stay healthy in 2020.

iCare wants to partner with you to make sure that you know the best ways
to stay protected from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

By Mary Ellen Benzik, MD
 Updated April 17, 2020

Here’s what you need to know...


What is COVID-19? This is a new virus that spreads from person to person and causes respiratory illness.

YOU CAN MAKE OTHERS SICK
Even if you don’t feel sick, you can pass the virus to your parents, grandparents, and other family members who can get very ill. These are the best ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

  • Safer at home! It’s more than just words. It means staying at home for everyone’s protection — and health.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) especially after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing or touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue(throw tissue away immediately).
  • If you need a prescription that is due for refill — call your pharmacy to request delivery, or call iCare for more assistance on medication delivery.
  •  If you must go out, please cover your mouth and nose with a
    scarf, or cloth mask.


WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS
Fever (100.4° or higher) • Cough • Shortness of breath

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
Stay home, call your provider and report your symptoms. The clinic will give you instructions. Call 911 if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain or confusion.


WHO IS AT HIGH RISK OF GETTING VERY SICK? YOU ARE!
THERE IS NO CURE OR VACCINE FOR COVID-19.


Check out these great resources for more information:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Wisconsin Department of Health Services:
ttps://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm

Special Message for Members in COVID-19 "Hot Zones"

In some areas, people are getting COVID–19 more often and getting sicker. Learn how to protect yourself and those around you even if you live in a "hot zone."

 

Special Message for Younger Members

Don’t think COVID-19 can affect you or those you love? It can! It is very important you protect yourself and those around you.

 

iCare Nurse Line

iCare’s FREE 24 hour Nurse Line is available and ready to answer your COVID-19 questions and assess your symptoms.

Call 1-800-679-9874.

 

How can iCare help?


Call iCare Customer Service at 1-800-777-4376 (TTY: 711) if you:

  • Do not have a health provider
  • Have concerns about your medications or refills
  • Have questions about this illness
  • Aren’t sure about health information you receive

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Last Updated 4/17/20


 

Mary Ellen Benzik, MD

Dr. Benzik is the iCare Chief Medical Officer. 

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