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People who smoke may be more likely to develop serious health complications from COVID-19. Smoking weakens the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off viral infections - especially those attacking the lungs, like COVID-19. Additionally, initial findings suggest that vaping may increase lung inflammation and exacerbate lung infections. Need help quitting? Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit doh.wa.gov/quit
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The term "people outside your household" means anyone you don’t live with. This includes close family members you don’t currently live with.
There are still some instances where all people, even those who are vaccinated, may need to wear a mask. Click here to visit our Face Coverings page and learn more.
There are some medications available that have been shown to decrease the duration and severity of symptoms in patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
If you do not have health insurance, you should see if your income qualifies you for free coverage (www.hca.wa.gov). You can enroll in Medicaid year-round through Washington's Health Benefit Exchange (www.wahealthplanfinder.org). If you need an individual health plan, you have until May 8 to sign up for a health plan by calling the exchange at 1-855-923-4633. After May 8, you must qualify for a special enrollment to get covered.
If you believe you need to be tested for coronavirus, you should contact a local medical provider first. Find a local community clinic (www.wacommunityhealth.org) near you.