For many Veterans, COVID-19 is on their minds. According to the CDC, the CoronaVirus is now a pandemic. This virus needs to be taken seriously, especially amongst our Veterans. Here you will find some information on COVID-19.

Make sure you do the following:

Call Before Visiting

If you’re a Veteran seeking medical attention, call before visiting any VA medical center or hospital. If you already have an appointment, still call ahead.

If you visit a VA health care facility, you will be asked screening questions. If you do visit a VA hospital, clinic, community living center or other health care facility, you’ll be met at the entrance by a staff member. They will greet you and ask you some screening questions. Depending on your answers, a VA health care professional will assist you on the next steps for your visit.

Leave Time For Screening

If you’re a Veteran coming in for an appointment, plan to leave home earlier than usual to allow time for the screening.

For Current Veterans Guardian Clients:

Veterans Guardian has implemented procedures for Veterans entering our office. Please call or visit our website at VetsGuardian.com for more information.

How COVID-19  Spreads

The main spread cause is person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Through bodily fluids such as respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs)

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are showing symptoms of the virus
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but it not the most efficient way for transmission

Spread from contact with a contaminated surface or object:

  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads

How Easily the Virus Can Spread

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably within communities, generally larger, more crowded areas.

By now, you’ve heard about the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, that’s causing illness around the world.

Fortunately, the VA is ready. They have plans in place to protect all Veterans who have served within the armed forces.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe, with confirmed deaths (mainly for seniors).

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Ways to Prevent the Illness

  • Wash your hands often and for more than 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay at home if you develop symptoms
  • Clean and disinfect

For more information about coronavirus, please visit the CDC’s website for COVID-19.