What you should know
The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 also are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. The CDC has developed a quick guide with steps every American can take today to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We recommended reviewing the helpful document at the link below.
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Option Care Health's Plan
We’ve always had an Infectious Disease Prevention Plan, which calls for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and education of our staff and patients. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, we are actively monitoring CDC guidelines and working with Infectious Disease experts and updating our plans, policies and guidelines as appropriate.
We are here to help – if you have questions related to COVID-19, please contact your Option Care Health representative or contact us using the form below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a novel coronavirus (covid-19)?
- How does the coronavirus spread?
- What are the symptioms for the virus?
- Is Option Care Health still able to treat and accept new patients?
- My state is experiencing a shelter-in-place order. Can I still go to my infusion appointment?
- Do you have questions about receiving infusion therapy during the COVID-19 outbreak?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
As the nation’s largest infusion provider, Option Care Health is uniquely positioned to treat patients in the safe environment of their own homes and our infusion suites. Our operations have not been impacted and we continue to accept and service referrals to care for patients in all 50 states. Click here to begin a patient referral.
Yes. Generally, a shelter-in-place order permits individuals to leave their homes for activities essential to their health
and safety or to the health and safety of their family or household members. This includes obtaining medical supplies,
medication or visiting a health care professional. Individuals should comply with social distancing while engaging in
essential activities. If you are sick or at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, it is recommended to stay home to the
extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. Read our FAQs for Infusion Suite Patients.
Read our FAQs for Infusion Suite Patients.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
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