If you turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper or go on the Internet, you'll likely hear news about the Coronavirus outbreak. The new virus was officially reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Jan. 9. Coronavirus has symptoms similar to a respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath — and in some cases can cause death. So far, cases have been reported across parts of China and several other countries, including confirmed cases in the United States.
While people may be impacted in different ways, there are several support resources available to you. Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all individuals impacted. Additionally, there are several coping and disaster tools and resources available to you on liveandworkwell.com. Log on to liveandworkwell.com with your HealthSafeID or company access code. Type the keyword "disaster" or look for the COVID-19 spotlight to participate in a webinar.
Optum Public Crisis Line: Our tollfree emotional support help line at (866) 342-6892 is free of charge and available to anyone, so you can share it with family and friends. Caring professionals will connect people to resources. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Optum Informational Sheet — Coping with a Public Health Event COVID-19