Medicare Part B covers Coronavirus Test
Anyone who gets flu like symptoms is advised to call your doctor and get the Coronavirus test. This virus which causes a disease called COVID-19 is covered by Medicare Part B if you get the test on or after February 4, 2020. The Coronavirus test can diagnose or rule out whether or not you have the virus. However, your provider will have to wait until after April 1, 2020 to submit a claim to Medicare for this test. In the video below, Robert Bache will talks more about Medicare Part B and the cost of the Coronavirus test.
What Does The Coronavirus Test Cost?
Watch this video to find out what it costs to get tested for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Who Does Coronavirus Kill?
The Conoravirus kills people with a weakened immune system who have a reduced ability to fight infections. This may be caused by certain diseases or conditions such as cancer or diabetes. It may be caused by certain medications or treatments such as anitcancer drugs. Thus, seniors with these types of health conditions are at higher risk.
Basic Protective Measures Against COVID-19
The World Health Organization says most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. You can protect yourself against COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the new coronavirus, by taking the following protective measures:
Maintain Social Distancing
Coronavirus is spread from person to person mainly through droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. However, these droplets only travel about 3 feet and quickly settle on surfaces. The virus can survive for some time on surfaces. So it is wise to clean surfaces regularly.
Avoid Touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. Thus, you should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth since contaminated hands can transfer the virus to you.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow or use a disposable tissue. Then discard the used tissue immediately into a closed bin.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
The most effective way to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus is to clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water. This will eliminate the virus if it is on your hands.
Preventing the Spread of The Coronavirus
You can help prevent virus infection by minimizing social contact, washing your hands often, and avoid touching your face. For example, you can minimize the risk of getting Coronavirus by avoiding crowds. In addition, you can watch for symptoms of COVID-19 which may appear 2-14 days after exposure according to the CDC:
- Shortness of breath
Anyone with the above symptoms, should call their doctor and tell them, “You may have COVID-19.” so healthcare provider’s office can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Moreover, you are advised by CDC to wear a facemask, if you are sick. This helps prevent the spread of viral particles when you cough or sneeze. In addition, the CDC recommends the following:
- You should avoid sharing personal household items such as drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, etc.
- Clean all high touch surfaces such as bathroom fixtures, toliets, door knobs, etc.
- Cover your mouth when you cough an sneeze, throw away any tissue in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands.