Staying healthy can be difficult during the colder months, but the 2020 novel coronavirus has given people across the world a moment of pause to truly consider just how easily germs can be spread. In April of 2020, the United States and other countries are facing a battle against coronavirus, and the situation has plenty of people on edge regarding symptoms. Even though information is still being documented as data is collected by physicians and organizations, there are some symptoms associated with coronavirus that we should be aware of.

If you are experiencing any change in your health during these uncertain times, it’s important that you contact your physician immediately. With virtual office visits becoming more prevalent, you may not even have to leave your home to speak with a physician.

Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cause Vomiting?
Because the symptoms of coronavirus are very similar to the flu in its early stages, vomiting is potentially a symptom. This is because the virus can destroy healthy tissue in the lining of the intestines and other organs in the digestive system. Indirect causes of vomiting may also be as the result of poor nutrition, lack of appetite and dehydration while suffering from coronavirus. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that vomiting can be a symptom of many different ailments, including ones that are not critical. If you experience vomiting in addition to a fever and a dry cough, contact your healthcare provider or local hospital to inquire about testing for coronavirus.

Additional Symptoms of Coronavirus
Although fever and dry cough are the primary and most common symptoms of coronavirus in the early stages, the virus can cause additional symptoms. Some reports have included seizures and hallucinations as symptoms of the disease, and other recent studies have demonstrated that patients with coronavirus also may experience aching joints and severe nasal congestion. Once again, these can also be signs of a less serious cold, flu or even just seasonal allergies, so if you do experience these symptoms, it’s important not to panic. Instead, rest, eat nutritious food and contact your doctor or local hospital to inquire about steps needed to get tested and to receive treatment.

Medicare and Coronavirus Care
If you receive Medicare benefits, you are more likely to be in a demographic with a higher risk for complications from coronavirus. Thankfully, your Medicare benefits will cover you for coronavirus treatment and testing just as they would for any other medical care. Medicare Part A provides for hospital care if needed, but Medicare Part B provides for outpatient care. Medicare Part D covers prescription medications you may be given to treat your illness.

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may want to speak with your plan manager to discuss whether nor not additional wellness benefits are included so that you can maximize your savings while still receiving the best care for your unique situation.

For current coronavirus updates, you can visit the CDC online. The CDC is currently working around the clock to monitor the situation and provide recommendations to federal, state and local governments regarding safe and effective management of the spread and containment of coronavirus.

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