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I'm sure by now you have heard about the Coronavirus. Here's what to know about the virus and if Medicare Part B covers it.

In the Health Section: Learn what you can do to identify and protect yourself against Coronavirus phishing attacks, from cyber criminals.

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Theresa Cangemi CSA, CLTC
"The Medicare Lady™" 
Here's what to know about the Coronavirus
This just in from Medicare regarding the Coronavirus and what’s being covered.
You've likely heard about the Coronavirus (officially called "2019-Novel Coronavirus" or "COVID-19") in the news. While there isn't a vaccine yet and the immediate health risk remains low, Medicare is still here to help.

Your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a test to see if you have Coronavirus. This test is covered when your doctor or a health care provider orders it, if you get the test on or after February 4, 2020. You usually pay nothing for Medicare-covered clinical diagnostic laboratory tests.

To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu:

✋ Wash your hands often with soap and water
😷 Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
🤒 Stay home when you're sick
🏥 See your doctor if you think you're ill

Note: Your provider will need to wait until after April 1, 2020 to submit a claim to Medicare for this test.
Cybercriminals are using concerns about the Coronavirus to launch phishing attacks
Learn what you can do to identify and protect yourself against such attacks
What is Happening?

While COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is capturing attention around the world, cybercriminals are capitalizing on the public’s desire to learn more about the outbreak. There are reports of phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information or to infect your devices with malware, and ads that peddle false information or scam products.

In one example, a phishing email that used the logo of the CDC Health Alert Network claimed to provide a list of local active infections. Recipients were instructed to click on a link in the email to access the list. Next, recipients were asked to enter their email login credentials, which were then stolen.
What Should You Do?
  1. If you are looking for information on the coronavirus, visit known reputable websites like the U.S. Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.
  2. Be on the lookout for phishing emails, which may appear to come from a trusted source. Remember, you can look at the sender’s details – specifically the part of the email address after the ‘@’ symbol – in the ‘From’ line to see if it looks legitimate.
  3. Be wary of emails or phone calls offering unexpected or unprompted information. Also be aware of emails from unfamiliar sources that contain links or attachments. Do not click on these links, as they could be embedded with malware.
  4. Although social media companies like Facebook are cracking down on ads spreading coronavirus conspiracies and fake cures, some ads may make it past their review process. Remember, it’s best to seek information on the disease is from official sources like those mentioned above.
  5. Finally, to protect your devices against malware, like the types that can come from a phishing attack, ensure that a program like Norton protection is installed on all your devices. Sign into your Norton account to manage your device security.
* This article is for information purposes only. I don’t recommend, support, or diagnose any featured writer or article. I am not a doctor. Your health is one of a kind. What works for one person may not for another, so the information in these articles should not take the place of an expert opinion. Before making significant lifestyle or diet changes, please consult your primary care physician or nutritionist. Your doctor will know your own health best.

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