The coronavirus. What you need to know now.

We know it’s a worrying time. The situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing daily, with new measures being introduced to curb the spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the most up-to-date information. Bookmark it and check back often.

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Handwashing is key

Washing your hands well and often is important to lowering your risk. Watch this video from the CDC to learn how.

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Symptoms and preventive measures

The coronavirus may look and feel similar to other illnesses, including the common cold to the flu. And like those viruses, the best way to protect ourselves is by using some basic preventive measures.

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How the virus spreads

The coronavirus spreads through person-to-person contact like coughing and sneezing.

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The symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath which are common for other illnesses.

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Protect yourself and others

Wash your hands. Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Tips for employers

Of the 5,000 waking hours we have in a given year, we spend about 2,000 of them at our places of work. With such a critical role in people’s lives, we see employers and workplaces having a key role in our nation’s COVID-19 response.

It's important to keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all for employers. But there are some common decisions employers should consider.

  • Educate your employees. Keeping them informed about symptoms and prevention goes a long way.
  • Support social distancing. If your business model allows for it, support opportunities to work from home where possible
  • Telemedicine. Remind your employees about telemedicine options. It’s now broadly available and is a great option for care, and not only for the coronavirus. Clinics and hospitals will likely be more crowded now and may have a higher risk of transmission than community settings. Employees can use telemedicine if it’s appropriate for their situation.

What is Accolade doing for its customer? Reaching your employees can be challenging. That’s why Accolade is leveraging its powerful Boost platform to reach our customers’ employees. The health of our members and their families is our priority. We have a COVID-19 campaign available to all customers, at no charge. This is a difficult time, and we want to make it easier. Questions? Contact us .

Are you an Accolade member?

If you’re an Accolade member, please reach out to an Accolade Health Assistant with any questions or concerns, or if believe you or a family member have symptoms. We’re here to help.

Interested in becoming a member? Accolade partners with companies to provide personal healthcare advocacy to its employees. Talk to your Human Resources department to learn if a solution is in the works.