|Questions about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to swirl through daily updates and new information. How do I stay healthy? How can I afford to be sick? What happens if i lose my income? How do I protect myself and my family?
How can I stay healthy? Most importantly, get answers and information from a reputable source. Helpful suggestions can be found from the CDC, The World Health Organization, and your state or local health department. All provide instructions for simple preventative precautions that you can take to reduce the likelihood of getting sick:
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Keep a distance of three feet from others whenever possible.
- Stay home from work or other activities if you are sick.
Coping with financial stress
Can I afford to get sick? The new virus strain might be scary, causing worry about paying for the virus testing and hospital bills. Staying home from work might mean a missed paycheck, or even a lost job.Important: Call your health care provider first before seeking the test. A referral is required, and testing is not appropriate in all cases.
What about loss of income? Employer response varies widely — some are offering paid or partial paid leave, some are not or simply can’t. Discuss concerns with your employer. Are you self-employed? Proposed federal legislation offers relief.
How can I meet my obligations and expenses? Policies are quickly being implemented to specifically meet coronavirus related needs.
Protecting Your Health
Coping with Financial Stress