Updated on 03/20/2020 at 10:30am

Impact on the Austin Music Community

HAAM is here to help and we are doing our best to evolve with the changing crisis. Check out our various resource pages for detailed information and links to places and organizations that can help. 

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As always, HAAM loves you and we are here to help you navigate healthcare resources and beyond. Please don't hesitate to reach out for help and support through this time of uncertainty. You can email us or call 512-541-4226 with any questions.

Prevention is Key

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus, so staying healthy and avoiding exposure is vital to preventing spread.
Take these steps to protect yourself:
  1. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Pretend like your scrubbing in for a big surgery or sing the chorus of your favorite song to pass the time!
  2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. If you must touch your face, keep hand sanitizer nearby or wash your hands afterwards.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk for getting sick (see High-Risk Populations below).
  4. Skip handshakes and fist bumps. Instead, check out some of these non-traditional alternatives from HAAM members, Chaka and Qi Dada from Riders Against the Storm. 
While the immediate risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the US is thought to be low, this pandemic is continuing to evolve and we will continue to share updates as changes occur. 

Special Care for High-Risk Populations

Older people and people with chronic health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc.) appear to be at a higher risk for developing serious symptoms of conronavirus. 
If you fall into this category, here are some extra measures you can take to prepare:
  • Have extra prescriptions and over-the-counter medications on hand. Contact your doctor to ask about obtaining extra medications to have on hand, in case you cannot get a refill.
  • Have enough groceries on hand in case you need to stay home for a period of time.
  • Have a plan for if you get sick. Consult with your doctor about monitoring your symptoms and determine who can provide you with care if you need help.
  • Watch for emergency warning signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Seek immediate medical attention if any of your symptoms are life-threatening.
The CDC is also investigating the effects of coronavirus for pregnant women and children. While there is no scientific evidence at this time that children are more susceptible, pregnant women have the potential to be at a higher risk for respiratory viral infections due to the immunologic and physiological changes women experience during pregnancy.
The investigation is ongoing as this outbreak continues to spread and affect more people. If you are pregnant or have regular contact with children, it is recommended to take normal precautions to protect yourself.

What to Do if You Get Sick

What are the symtoms of coronavirus?

According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chils
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Call your doctor

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, call your doctor ASAP. Your doctor's office will triage your symptoms over the phone and advise you of next steps for testing if needed. It is important that you don't simply show up at the doctor office as most do not have the correct tools available to test you correctly. Do not visit the ER unless your symptoms are life-threatening. Doing so can increase the risk for unnecessary exposure to yourself and others, contributes to long wait times and can result in an expensive bill. 
If you are currently insured by an ACA plan but do not have an established medical home or primary care doctor, check out the FREE telehealth services that your ACA plan offers. This option is available 24/7 and allows you to talk with a doctor via text, phone call or video call. 
If you are currently insured by a plan via your employer, spouse or parent, call your insurance company to see if telehealth services are available. This is a great option if you do not have an established medical home or primary care doctor.
If you are currently uninsured and do not have access to an established primary care doctor, you can contact CommUnity Care at 512-978-8775 and they will triage your symptoms by phone.

Stay home and limit contact with others

If you develop symptoms or start feeling sick, first and foremost stay home - better to be safe than sorry! Spare your friends, family members and coworkers by restricting activities outside of your home and separating yourself from others, including pets. 

Avoid sharing personal household items, such as glasses, eating utensils, towels or bedding. Also be sure to clean 'high-touch' surfaces often with disinfecting wipes or cleaning products. These areas include counters, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, remote controls and phones. 
If you recently got tested for COVID-19, check out CommUnity Care's flyer Just Got Tested, Now What?