Updated February 7, 2020

AmeriHealth New Jersey response to Coronavirus

AmeriHealth New Jersey is committed to serving the people who rely on us, especially when a significant health risk may be present. We are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. As always, we are here to provide the peace of mind of health care coverage for our members when they get sick.

If our members would like information about specific symptoms they are experiencing or have questions about their personal health, we recommend that they contact their doctor. For reliable information about coronavirus, we suggest visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.

CDC considers the current coronavirus a very serious public health threat. However, for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from the current coronavirus is considered low at this time. CDC continues to take proactive preparedness precautions.

CDC is currently recommending that people avoid all nonessential travel to China. As the situation continues to evolve, we recommend that members visit the CDC traveler health site for the most updated information about travel to China.

Coronavirus is getting a lot of attention in the media and is a serious global health concern. It is also important to remember that influenza, or seasonal flu, is a much more significant and immediate health concern for Americans. As we have in previous years, AmeriHealth New Jersey encourages all members to discuss getting a flu shot with their physicians.

For more information and precautions to protect against seasonal flu and other diseases, please visit the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

CDC has recommendations for the public as it relates to coronavirus:

  • Stay informed by visiting the CDC website regularly. CDC is updating the site daily with the latest information and advice for the public.
  • Take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
    • Avoid close contact with sick people.
    • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If someone feels sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and has traveled to China or has been in close contact with someone with the current coronavirus in the 14 days before beginning to feel sick, seek medical care. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and symptoms.