What You Need to Know

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 (new) coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Symptoms associated with the virus are mild to severe fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, and there is no specific antiviral treatment for the virus.

How to Minimize Your Risk of Exposure:

We encourage employees to minimize the risk of exposure by following these tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eye, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Additionally, in light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak within the US, the CDC recommends leveraging telehealth to direct people to the right level of healthcare for their medical needs. Adopting telehealth will help limit the spread of the virus by eliminating the risk of exposure to germs in the ER, urgent care, and your primary doctor’s office.

As a reminder, Pearson offers telehealth coverage through MDLIVE. MDLIVE offers you and your qualified dependents access to board-certified physicians, therapists, and counselors from the comfort of your home.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • MDLIVE physicians diagnose and treat 50 of the most common conditions, along with providing temporary prescription refills.
  • MDLIVE continually monitors the CDC guidelines and recommendations around the Coronavirus disease. MDLIVE physicians are prepared to screen patients and their symptoms to determine the severity and whether symptoms align with the COVID-19.
  • If concerns for coronavirus are present during your medical visit, the MDLIVE physician will help guide you to the appropriate level of care.
  • MDLIVE therapists and counselors can also help treat behavioral health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and more and offers convenient evening and weekend appointments.

We understand this is a stressful time for our employees. If you or a qualified dependent have Coronavirus-like symptoms present, we recommend you call MDLIVE immediately. We also encourage those who may be feeling overwhelmed with the coronavirus outbreak and coverage to call MDLIVE behavioral health to help support you during this time. All MDLIVE sessions are private and secure.