If you've been hearing about the coronavirus in the news lately, you may be wondering what it is, how to avoid it, and what we're doing to help. Read tips from Teladoc for avoiding coronavirus, and frequently asked questions about coronavirus to find out more, and learn about what we’re doing below:

Information on the novel coronavirus situation

TML Health and UMR, our benefits administrator, are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus – or 2019-nCoV – situation that originated late last year in central China.

The new virus was officially reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 9. The virus, which has symptoms similar to a respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath – and in some cases can cause death – is being closely monitored by WHO officials. So far, cases have been reported across parts of China and several other countries, including a small number of confirmed cases in the United States.

Following CDC guidance

Your health and wellbeing is a top priority for TML Health. We, along with UMR, will work with and follow all guidance and protocols issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local public health departments in supporting our needs.

At present, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for 2019-nCoV, and diagnostic testing for the virus is currently conducted only at CDC labs. Supportive care for affected individuals may include hydration, supplemental oxygen, or mechanical ventilation for severe illness. Diagnostic testing and supportive care will be covered per our health benefits plan.

Nurseline and Teladoc Can Help

Although we have not seen an outbreak of this virus in Texas, it’s a good time to remind your employees about the 24-hour Nurseline and Teladoc. TML Health members who are experiencing flu-like symptoms can call the Nurseline 24/7 for free medical advice at 877-950-5083. Or, they can use Teladoc for a virtual visit with a doctor. A virtual visit is convenient and helps avoid expensive trips to the ER. We have included a flyer from Teladoc about this virus and encourage you to share it with your employees.

For more information

TML Health and UMR are recommending the following resources and tools to help you stay informed:

  • Visit the CDC website to learn more about the disease, FAQs, and the latest CDC guidance and protocols
  • If you have additional health-related questions, contact your primary care physician or clinic
  • If you plan to travel, you should visit the U.S. State Department website or the CDC website for additional travel-related information.

Any additional information will be communicated as it becomes available.