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How to prepare for an unexpected hospitalization amid COVID-19 spread

The coronavirus pandemic has presented us with many new questions and challenges. To help us face these challenges here is a list of ways to prepare.

PHOENIX — If I get sick, who will look after my children? Do I have my important papers together?

The coronavirus pandemic has presented us with many new questions and challenges in our lives. To help us face these challenges here is a list of ways to prepare for the worst while continuing to hope for the best  

Make a plan 

Emergency management professionals preach this concept all the time -- not just during a major pandemic – but having a plan of action if you or a loved one gets sick could bring comfort and stability in a time of crisis.  

Get in touch with a trusted family member, friend or neighbor who can take care of your children or pets if you have to be away. 

The CDC has more tips on how to prepare your household in advance of illness. 

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Get your documents in order 

It is always a good idea to have your important papers handy such as birth certificates, deeds, titlesmarriage licenses, tax returns, receipts for big purchases and living wills.   

Healthcare coverage provider Cigna suggests whenever you are getting ready for a hospital stay have a list of your medications, allergies to medications, emergency contacts and family medical history written out. And don’t forget your updated insurance card and I.D. 

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Call before you go 

The CDC recommends people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms like cough and fever should contact a doctor or emergency room before going in to see someone.

If it becomes hard to breathe, or you are having more serious symptoms that is the time to go to the hospital. Here are more guidelines from the CDC   

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Talk it out 

This is no doubt stressful time and those with children may find it difficult to explain to them what is happening.  

Tips for talking to your children about the coronavirus pandemic:  

  • Be calm and reassuring 

  • Be available to talk  

  • Share honest and accurate information 

  • Encourage actions to stop the spread of germs 

The CDC has more tips and details on how to talk to your children about COVID-19 here.

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