Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

Important Health Update

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The Importance of Health

While there is currently no vaccine available to guard against COVID-19, we know your health plays a big role in your ability to fight the virus. Here’s how to boost your immune system:

Get enough sleep
Avoid tobacco and alcohol
Avoid tobacco and alcohol
Call your doctor
Establish a relationship with your Blue Primary Care Network Provider
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Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
  • •  Fever or chills
  • •  Cough
  • •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • •  Fatigue
  • •  Muscle or body aches
  • •  Headache
  • •  New loss of taste or smell
  • •  Sore throat
  • •  Congestion or runny nose
  • •  Nausea or vomiting
  • •  Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Learn more from the CDC about COVID-19 Symptoms.
How to Protect Against COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands. Wet your hands with clean, running water. Apply soap. Lather your hands, including the back, between your fingers and under your nails. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Maintain social distancing. A separation of 6 feet from another person is considered effective. Limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people is critical, and social distancing must be practiced at all gatherings.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, computers, phones and bathroom surfaces.
  • Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
  • Cloth or other non-medical grade masks are now recommended for everyone in public places like grocery stores where social distance cannot always be maintained.
  • Monitor your health. Be alert for any possible symptoms. Especially if you are running essential errands, going into the workplace and in settings where social distancing is more difficult. Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
What to Do if You're Sick

First and foremost, stay home if you or a loved one are sick, have a cough, fever or are not feeling well except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. (source: CDC)

If your symptoms are not severe, it is best to call your Primary Care Provider before you go in. They can tell you what to do and where to go. If you are severely ill and need to go to the clinic or hospital right away, you should still call ahead. This way the staff can care for you while taking steps to protect others.

Focus on Health

Don’t let your health take a backseat. What if we build upon our progress? What if we took these new healthy habits a step further and established a relationship with our Primary Care Provider to talk about our health goals? Did you know your Blue Primary Care Network Provider can help you? They can even help you manage any pre-existing conditions.

Running Essential Errands

Grocery Shopping
  • Stay home if sick
  • Order online or use curbside pickup
  • Protect yourself while shopping
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Wash hands at home
Getting Fuel
  • Use disinfecting wipes on handles or buttons
  • After fueling, use hand sanitizer
  • Wash your hands at home

getting gas
  • Bank online whenever possible
  • Use drive-thru services
  • Wear a cloth face covering
  • Use hand sanitizer after any deposit, withdrawal exchange or use of an ATM


Coping with COVID-19

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like COVID-19. You may feel anxious, mad, sad or overwhelmed. Find ways you and your family can reduce stress.

  • Learn the common signs of stress.
  • Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
  • Talk with family and friends by phone, text or email.

Important COVID-19 Anti-fraud Message

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The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation supports food banks across the state.
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