COVID-19: Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Family Now

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COVID-19 and the global pandemic that it has invoked is not something most people were prepared for. Between the lockdowns, the stringent regulations, and the rapid rise and fall of cases, there’s no denying it’s a frightening time. And it’s even more so for families who wish to maintain some semblance of everyday life as they try their best to navigate through these unfamiliar waters. Below we’ve gathered a list of ways you can begin to proactively look to protect your family in this time of uncertainty.

Make a Plan

The first step in preparedness for any emergency is to start by making a plan. Important factors to take into consideration before coming up with your finalized plan include making a note of anyone in the family who may be considered high risk. The medical community has defined high risk as those with heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and older adults. Next, come up with a general protocol for how you and your family will work to keep from spreading illness within a shared family home. Steps to take should include precautions such as washing hands frequently, avoiding contact with anyone who is sick, having food or groceries dropped off to your home, and cleaning and disinfecting your home often.

Take Precautionary Steps But Don’t Go Overboard

The best way to look at what preventive steps you should be taking against COVID-19 is to use common sense. When interacting with your family, make sure everyone uses their own utensils, bowls, plates, and cups when eating or drinking or sharing a meal together. Also, make sure things like toothbrushes stay separate for each member of the family. As far as anything more drastic such as dousing yourself with disinfectant each time you come home, medical experts say it’s not really necessary.

Social distancing has become one of the more amplified rules during this pandemic. While you don’t have to move out entirely or stop seeing family necessarily, you should make safety a priority. Do this by practicing social distancing within your home if you feel you’ve been in any high-risk situations, such as spending an extended amount of time in a poorly ventilated area with a large group of people. It also makes sense to practice distancing from loved ones include if you begin to experience any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Contacting a medical professional is also advised.

Make Sure You and Your Loved Ones Are Covered

During this time of heightened illness and hospitalizations, making sure you have the proper medical insurance is crucial to your family’s health and preparedness. If you’re turning 65 or planning on retiring soon, now is the perfect time to conduct a Medicare Advantage plan comparison session. Take the time to think about whether you have dependents on your current health insurance plan as well. If you’re the primary insurance holder on your plan, when you sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan, your dependents will no longer be eligible for coverage under your new Medicare plan. However, your loved ones can still be provided for by purchasing individual or family health policies through a private insurer like Anthem.

Be Proactive, Protect Yourself And Your Family

While no one can claim to be 100 percent prepared in this time, you can give yourself and your family the best chance at staying healthy through this global health scare by putting a plan in place and making sure a fear of medical costs won’t stop you from seeking the treatment you or they may need. Getting the right healthcare coverage is a great first step.

 

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Comments

  1. Mya Murphy says

    My God daughter died on 4/30 and this is such importance right now.

  2. You have to protect your selves and you loved ones. It is great that this info is out there.

  3. Barbara Montag says

    Thank you for such helpful information.

  4. wendy hutton says

    great info to have thanks

  5. Thank you for this calm and voice of reason. These are great tips!

  6. Beyond Comps says

    Great advice!

  7. Cathy French says

    The tip saying toothbrushes stay separate is a good one. I try to do that anyway. It doesn’t matter if its blood relatives or a partner, the toothbrush must not touch others

  8. Judy Thomas says

    It is great advice for all.

  9. If you can’t have groceries delivered, wear a mask at the supermarket!

  10. These are good things to consider.

  11. Good info. We have been careful and hunkering down.

  12. always good to have a plan. thanks

  13. This is a very sensible approach, and my family has been doing it’s best to adhere to this.

  14. useful tips

  15. monique s says

    So important to do everything you can to be safe and keep well.

  16. wendy hutton says

    thanks great information

  17. Good insight. ­čÖé

  18. Jennylyn Gross says

    thanks for this good info

  19. shelly peterson says

    Thanks for the great info.

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