Understanding the symptoms of coronavirus can be an effective tool in identifying exposure to coronavirus, expediting testing, and treating patients early. Although there is quite a bit of information circulating about COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been trying to keep up with the evolving data. Symptoms can vary, but it’s a good idea to acquaint ourselves with the potential indicators of Coronavirus.

Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cause Headaches?
Headaches can be one of the symptoms of coronavirus, but they can also be a symptom of countless other things. Stress, lack of sleep, loud noises, light sensitivity, influenza and sinus congestion are all possible causes of headaches, so having a headache is not direct evidence of having coronavirus. The most widely reported symptoms of coronavirus include a persistent and dry cough as well as a fever. Coronavirus affects the airways and causes an immune system response that leads to a higher internal temperature. Currently, additional side effect reports are being studied, but as of April 2020, there is still much research to be completed on the 2020 novel coronavirus before its full effects can be exhaustively documented.

Options for Coronavirus Care and Medicare
Because seniors are the largest group of Medicare recipients as well as the demographic most susceptible to complications from coronavirus, it’s vital to know your care options when utilizing Medicare benefits. The good news is that Medicare does not make a distinction when it comes to paying for coronavirus care, so whether you need to visit your doctor, get tested for COVID-19,  or end up needing to be admitted to a hospital for care, your Medicare benefits still apply.

This means that hospital admittance and care in a skilled nursing facility is covered under Medicare Part A. Doctor visits and screenings are covered by Medicare Part B. Prescription drug coverage is afforded under Medicare Part D. If you have enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan will have the same Part A and Part B benefits as Original Medicare, but most MA plans include additional benefits. To learn more about your care options and costs, contact your plan provider.

Call Ahead When Seeking Treatment
If you feel that your symptoms match those provided by the CDC, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible; however, seeking medical treatment should be done in a planned and measured way unless you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency. Before visiting your doctor’s office or hospital for coronavirus concerns, contact the facility ahead of time to discuss your symptoms and inquire about safety protocols.

Medicare has expanded its telehealth services to allow more patient to have access to medical providers via video-chat. If you have to go into a medical office, find out the details before you arrive. The facility may have a separate entrance and waiting area for you so that you do not risk spreading the virus to others if it turns out you test positive. Calling ahead will also give medical staff the opportunity to ensure that treatment is available to deal directly with your specific symptoms.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online to learn about safe distancing guidelines, coronavirus medical facts and additional steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you.

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