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Take action and stay informed about the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  You can sign up for email updates and check this page regularly for the latest information.

What to do if you’re a TRICARE beneficiary

Simple measures can protect you and your community. It’s also important to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 and know when to seek help.

How does COVID-19 spread?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 spreads person-to-person, generally between people within 6 feet from one another. It also spreads through respiratory droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person. These droplets can reach the noses, mouths, or lungs of nearby people. It’s possible that the virus can spread from contact with infected surfaces, but this isn’t the main way the virus spreads.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

When is the disease most contagious?

Although some spread appears to be possible before people show symptoms, people with COVID-19 are the most contagious when they’re very sick. Some spread may be possible before people show symptoms. That’s why you should stay home if you believe you’re experiencing any virus-like symptoms.

What should I do if I feel sick or think I was exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19, or traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, don’t make an appointment or walk into your local military hospital or clinic. Instead, stay at home and speak with a Military Health System (MHS) registered nurse, who will assess your symptoms. The nurse can screen you for potential or suspected exposure or infection. If needed, they can coordinate a virtual visit with a health care provider. 

Still have questions? Visit the TRICARE COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Department of Defense (DoD) officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. DoD is coordinating with interagency partners to ensure accurate and timely information is available and encourage all appropriate measures are taken to limit the virus' spread.

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