We are working closely with the Union and employers to ensure that our members have the latest information. Check back for updates.

Please send any questions to Dr. Dunn at HealthyLiving@1199Funds.org.

Updates

Think You May Have COVID-19? Call Teladoc.

(800) TELADOC (835-2362); www.Teladoc.com

Here’s what to expect.

Update 3/12/20  

Dr. Dunn delivers a special message to our members working on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Update 3/12/20

In an abundance of caution, we are following suggested protocols to limit large gatherings to protect members from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, the Benefit and Pension Funds are canceling all in-person workshops, seminars and retiree activities through the month of March. Check back for updates.

Update 3/11/20

If you think you may have symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19), speak with a Teladoc doctor today: 800-TELADOC (835-2362).

Teladoc

If you think you may have symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19), avoid traveling on public transportation and crowded waiting rooms. Speak with a Teladoc doctor today.

(800) TELADOC (835-2362); www.Teladoc.com

Here’s what to expect:

IF you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms, a doctor will ask you about your symptoms, travel history and contact history.

IF the doctor suspects COVID-19, he/she will connect you with the city or state health department for diagnostic testing, and they will advise you of any quarantine requirements, and notify your primary care physician.

IF your symptoms are mild, the doctor will give you information to help ease your symptoms—addressing both your physical and mental health.

IF your symptoms are severe and you need in-person medical attention, the doctor will connect you with resources, and advise you to “let them know before you go,” to minimize exposure to others. If you are unable to do this on your own, Teladoc will call ahead for you.

IF you have more questions or if your symptoms progress, connect with Teladoc again.

FAQs

Dr. Dunn will post answers to commonly asked questions here. Check this page regularly.

I'm asthmatic and am even more worried than the average person. Should I start feeling sick, does 1199SEIU fully cover the care associated with being treated for the coronavirus and the associated testing?

Yes. The Benefit Fund covers the diagnostic testing for coronavirus, or COVID-19, with no out-of-pocket cost to you. If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call Teladoc 800-TELADOC (835-2362). You can speak with a doctor who can answer all of your questions about COVID-19, and determine if you need to be examined and tested. The Teladoc doctor can help find a medical center or a doctor who can provide all the services that you may need, as well as notify your primary care physician. Teladoc will even call ahead and let the doctor know that you may have COVID-19, so you can receive care as quickly as possible.

My wife has asthma—is she at greater risk if the virus is transmitted to her?

When people with asthma get respiratory infections or viruses, it can trigger or worsen their asthma symptoms.

People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. Older people (over 60) and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

If you or your wife develops fever, coughing and shortness of breath, call your primary care doctor or Teladoc, at 800-TELADOC (835-2362), immediately.

I don’t have symptoms, but how can I protect myself from COVID-19?

You can take the same steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 as you would to protect yourself against colds and the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
  • Practice “social distancing.”

Check Dr. Dunn’s page on our website for the latest preventive information as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, www.CDC.gov.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing means keeping several feet of space between yourself and others whenever possible. Maintaining a distance from others will reduce the risk of an infected individual communicating the disease to you. In addition to practicing social distancing on an individual basis, it’s a good idea to avoid gatherings involving close contact with others.

How can I protect myself from the COVID-19 virus when taking public transportation?

If you have to take public transportation, try to avoid touching grab bars, and if you must touch them, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before touching your face. You should also try to distance yourself from others as much as possible.

I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19: What should I do?

If you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, avoid traveling on public transportation and waiting in crowded waiting rooms and call Teladoc at 800-TELADOC (835-2362) or visit www.Teladoc.com, and they will help you get the care you need.

What if I need to get the test?

The Teladoc doctor will connect you with the city or state health department for diagnostic testing, tell you about any quarantine requirements you may need to follow and notify your primary care physician.

Do I have to pay for the test?

No, your Benefit Fund has you covered – there are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing.

Message from Dr. Dunn

Update 3/10/20

We are working closely with the Union and employers to ensure that our members have the latest information. For more tips on protecting yourself, your family, and your co-workers, patients, residents or clients, review the Union’s “10 Steps to Preventing the Spread of the Latest Coronavirus.”

The coronavirus causes respiratory tract illness, with symptoms similar to those of the flu. Coronavirus sufferers typically will experience fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment yet for the coronavirus, but you can take the same steps to protect yourself as you would to protect yourself against colds and the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of the flu or the coronavirus, please call your healthcare provider or Teladoc right away.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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