COVID-19 Prevention and Health Tips

According to the CDCthe best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

To protect yourself and others:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

Self-Care Tips

This is a difficult time for everyone, and it’s important to develop ways to support your mental health

Be kind to yourself and find techniques that help you reduce stress

The World Health Organization offers some simple tips to support your well-being during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach out! 

  • Call your health care provider, therapist, or a crisis hotline.
  • You can also text with a crisis support counselor through the Vermont Crisis Text Line: just text "VT" to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to get text-based support about any type of crisis at any time of day or night.
  • Mental health services are also available 24/7 via telehealth.

Additional Resources

Coronavirus resources and assistance are available to all Vermonters by dialing either 2-1-1  or 1-866-652-4636. 

This crowdsourced Google Doc of COVID-19 resources for Vermonters contains information on a variety of topics, including assistance with food, help for small businesses, community organizing, education resources, mental health resources, heating assistance, and more. [Please note: this link is not secure and Blue Cross and Blue Shield does not own or maintain this document, and we are not responsible for the quality or accuracy or any content contained in this link.]

If you need help or information, call us at (800) 247-2583. We’re here to support you. We’re all in this together.