Tracking COVID-19: Keep Healthy Habits in Mind

3/6/2020

As the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to circulate, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) wants to keep you informed about what’s happening. While the impact of this disease has been far-reaching, you can take proactive measures to protect your health.

“Each of you can take actions to help respond to this emerging public health threat,” said Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of the Defense Health Agency.

Wash Your Hands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands with soap and water and scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds—just long enough to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. When you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a good choice.

Because COVID-19 can spread through direct contact, it’s important to avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands. Use caution when you come into contact with objects touched by others. For example, if you’re at the gas station, wash your hands after pumping your gas.

Practice Other Good Hygiene

The CDC offers basic prevention techniques you can use to protect yourself:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you’re feeling ill, stay away from others. Stay home except to get medical care.

If you feel sick or need health advice, the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7, by phone, web chat, or video chat to eligible TRICARE beneficiaries. Nurses are able to screen patients for potential or suspected exposure or infection.

Additional Resources

The Department of Defense (DoD) and DHA are closely monitoring all COVID-19 developments. You can bookmark the TRICARE coronavirus page for updates about COVID-19. A DoD spotlight page also shares the latest information on the outbreak, and highlights coordination efforts with other government agencies. Military health officials continue to stress the importance of taking preventive steps to combat the spread of the virus.

DHA is committed to keeping service members, their families, and others in the U.S. and abroad safe. Stay informed and take steps to protect your health and your community’s health. For additional information regarding COVID-19, visit the CDC website. As always, keep calm and take command of your health.

Last Updated 6/23/2020