The National IAM Benefit Trust Fund is committed to providing you with information on how to be prepared regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The coronavirus has spread to at least 140 countries apart from China, as of March 16, 2020.
How do I recognize COVID-19?
The main symptoms of coronavirus resemble those of a bad cold or the flu, which can make detection difficult. They include:
- Shortness of breath
More severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death. The incubation period is believed to be around two weeks.
Everyday Habits to Prevent the Spread of the Virus
- Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or a cough.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.
- Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals when visiting live markets in affected areas.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk, or eggs to avoid cross-contamination.
Is it safe to travel?
At this time, it is not recommended to travel to China, South Korea, Iran, Europe, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Check your local government’s official website for the most current travel advisories and recommendations.
Individuals in the U.S. should refer to recommendations made by the U.S. Department of State.
Do Cigna plans cover COVID-19 testing and treatment?
Cigna will cover COVID-19 testing similar to a preventive benefit for fully-insured and Administrative Services Only (ASO) plans, waiving co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance for customers. Organizations that offer ASO plans will receive an additional communication early next week regarding options of consent. For individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, Cigna will ensure all patients receive the treatment they need. For questions about benefits and coverage, customers should contact their employee benefits administrator. Customers may also visit mycigna.com or call the toll-free number on the back of their insurance card for one-on-one direct access to assistance any time day or night.
Can I obtain an early refill of my medications?
Current conditions do not call for Cigna to enact early refills, but we are monitoring the situation closely and will update our information and policy if or when the situation changes. Cigna is committed to taking appropriate actions to ensure customers have the medication needed to stay healthy. Should a customer have any questions or concerns about an individual situation, Cigna pharmacists are available 24/7.
From the IAMAW:
Advice for Airlines, Aviation, and Transportation Workers
Airlines, airports, and other transportation-related employers must provide workers with the latest information regarding the outbreak, follow best practice in regard to health and safety protocols and supply of personal protective equipment, put into effect procedures to identity symptomatic travelers, crew and/or workers, and set clear guidelines for workers managing suspected cases of infection. All advice is applicable to all workers and companies across all transport sectors.
Advice for Healthcare Workers
Hospitals and other healthcare employers have the duty and responsibility to prepare ahead of time to protect staff and patients by following the precautionary principle. The precautionary principle states that we should not wait until we know for sure that something is harmful before we take action to protect people’s health. Your employer should prepare now before a possible COVID-19 case arrives at your facility.
For more information please visit:
- World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Coronavirus Situation Summary U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Overview
- CDC Factsheets
- CDC Informational Video
- Cigna Health Care Coronavirus FAQ