COVID-19 Information for Nurses and other health care professionals

“Hey, you’re a nurse. Can you tell me about COVID-19?”

Are you getting deluged with questions about COVID-19 because you’re a health care professional? Here’s what to tell your neighbors/friends/relatives about the coronavirus.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if necessary. Dry your hands thoroughly as well; viruses are attracted to moist skin. This is the BEST protection against COVID-19.
  • Symptoms include fever, a dry cough and breathlessness. It should also be noted that you have a greater risk of infection if you have been around a person with COVID-19 or have been out of the country to one of the areas where COVID-19 cases are prevalent.
  • DON’T go to the ED! Call your doctor and describe your symptoms. Remember that ordinary cases of the flu can present with the same symptoms. Going to your doctor’s office just raises the chances of infecting more people.
  • If your doctor suspects that you have COVID-19, he/she will contact your local public health department. They will coordinate any testing.
  • If you are sick, STAY HOME and drink water. Viruses dehydrate your system. If you must go to the doctor, wear a mask and do not take public transportation. If a mask is not available, use a bandanna or scarf.
  • Speaking of masks, buying a surgical mask or N95 mask will not protect you from getting COVID-19. All it does is take a mask away from a health care professional who needs it.
  • Avoid large groups of people, especially in crowded settings like buses, concerts and sporting events.
  • While you are well, stock up on things you might need for a self-quarantine, such as canned goods, books, etc. Remember that you are not holing up for the winter in a cabin so do not overbuy supplies. A self-quarantine is 14 days
  • Michigan Medicaid will waive all co-pays and cost-sharing for testing and health care related to coronavirus. Other insurers, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, CVS Health, McLaren and Meridian will also fully cover the cost of medically necessary tests for coronavirus.