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COVID-19 Resources for Patients and the Public

Last updated 4/9/2020 10:00 a.m. CT

Evidence-based Resources and GuidanceDirectoriesGeneral InterestFor Older Family MembersFor Parents & Kids | Myths about COVID-19

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U.S. Government Resources

World Health Organization

 

Evidence-based Resources and Guidance Description
Coronavirus: How to prepare and protect yourself Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
How does the virus spread? How can you protect yourself? How can you protect others?
If you are sick or caring for someone with COVID-19 Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
What do you do if you have the virus, suspect you have it, or are caring for someone who does? Also includes steps to prevent the spread of the virus in your home and community.
Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus in the home Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Includes a household plan of action and checklist before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community; also cleaning and disinfection recommendations for your home
Animals and Coronavirus Disease Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
There is currently no evidence that companion animals or pets can spread COVID-19 or that they might infect you. See more Information, find out how to stay healthy around animals, and see how you can protect your pets.
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Lists common signs of stress, provides steps to cope with a disaster and hotline numbers

General unemployment guidance from usa.gov

Learn how to file for benefits in your state; including updates to federal law for COVID-19; from careeronestop.org, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

Source: U.S. Government sites or sponsored sites
Whether your workplace is temporarily closed, you’re experiencing a layoff, or you’ve been impacted in some other way by COVID-19, connect with the U.S. or state departments of labor to learn more about your options.

 

 

Directories Description
Directory of State Health Departments Source: Centers for Disease Control
Directory of Local Health Departments Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials. Contacts listed may not be the best resources for COVID-19 inquiries.

 

 

General Interest Information Description
COVID-19 Comics Source: GraphicMedicine.org
Comics and graphic novels can sometimes make complicated things seem simpler. See this group of comics with educational, social justice-oriented, humorous/coping, or other COVID-19 themes for adults.
When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus Source: National Public Radio (NPR) 
Just because someone is of a different race or ethnic background from you does not mean they have COVID-19. Would YOU want to experience what these people have? We are all vulnerable to this disease--and can all spread it to others. Remember: most everyone you will encounter are most likely your fellow Americans!

 

 

 

Resources for Older Family Members Description

Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls

Watch live on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (12:00 Noon Central Time; 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time; 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time).

Recordings are available for past topics.

Source: AARP
March 26: Caring for your Family

March 19: Staying Safe: Protect Your Health, Wealth and Loved Ones
March 10: Symptoms of COVID-19, How to Protect Yourself, and What It Means for Older Adults and Caregivers

Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 For Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions (download PDF)

Source: Administration for Community Living 
Answers questions such as "Why are older adults and those with chronic conditions at higher risk?" "How is COVID-19 different from flu and allergies?" and "When should I call a doctor?"

 

 

 

Resources for Parents & Kids Description
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

Source: National Public Radio (NPR) 
Read this comic geared to teaching children about the COVID-19 and ways to stay safe. Online or download to print.

Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19 (information)

Download in multiple languages

Source: World Health Organization
Aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. Added 4/9/2020

Poster: 25 ways to Get Moving at Home (PDF)

Source: American Heart Association
Download this poster to find ways to keep you (and your kids) active while staying at home.

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Recognize signs of stress in adults and children during an outbreak; find ways to support yourself and your children mentally during stressful times.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Information for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers on how to protect yourself and your baby, 

 

 

COVID-19 Mythbusters Description
Coronavirus Rumor Control | Español

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Tell the difference between rumors and facts about the COVID-19 virus.

Advice for the Public: Mythbusters

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) 
Colorful, downloadable graphics that dispels or eliminates myths and provides facts about the COVID-19 virus