How to protect myself against Coronavirus?

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How to protect myself against Coronavirus?

Posted on March 4th, 2020 - Reading Time: 3 Minute/s

As the State of Washington responds to the continued spread of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), you may have questions.  Below is some information and resources to help you stay informed.

What is Novel Coronavirus?

According to the Washington Department of Health:

  • COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus. There are no treatments for it. Most people will recover on their own, but some people can develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
  • In Washington state, several people have tested positive for COVID-19 and there have been deaths in Washington state attributed to the virus.
  • If COVID-19 spreads in Washington state, your life may be disrupted in a variety of ways. Keep yourself and household healthy by being prepared.
  • As new information emerges from across the globe, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Seeking and sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.


  • Stay home when sick with any flu-like symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath and fever. Please contact your health care provider, if you have these symptoms and have questions.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
  • Like other diseases, getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress may help you prevent getting COVID-19 and recovering from it if you do get the virus.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Please see the Public Health Resources Section for resources


  • Fever
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath
  • These symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest, though some spread is possible before people show symptoms.
  • COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughs or sneezes.
  • It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. Viruses typically do not survive on surfaces for an extended time.

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
  • The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST.
  • For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State’s response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.



Call Your local healthcare provider for additional guidance if you have symptoms or concerns about health-related matters.

For information about Community Health Plan of Washington Coverage, call our Customer Service Center Monday through Friday at 1-800-440-1561 (TTY Relay: Dial 711).


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