Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Page Last Updated: June 17, 2020

About This Page

The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders is monitoring news and updates on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. We will share resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (note: you may also view the CDC's COVID-19 website updates in Spanish and in Chinese), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies to provide health centers the guidance to prepare, address frequently asked questions from patients, and dispel myths and address social stigmas.

We encourage healthcare professionals at health centers to bookmark this page to access updates on COVID-19 news, guidelines, and resources.

Resources for Health Centers

Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions: This resource from the Health Resources and Services Administration addresses several questions to prepare health care providers to educate patients in health centers.

COVID-19-related Emerging Issues: This resource from the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse provides guidance to help your health center address COVID-19 FAQs, implement telehealth services, fight stigma, and educate older adult patients.

Resources for Healthcare Facilities: CDC guidance to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns: This resource from the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) provides links to tools and resource collections relating to federal regulatory and funding flexibilities, licensure and scope of practice expansions, liability protections, workforce resilience and protection, and COVID-19-related training resources.

Community Health Centers Respond to COVID-19: This National Association of Community Health Centers press release describes the role of health centers in responding to public health challenges.

Information for Healthcare Professionals: CDC resources, including what healthcare providers should know, FAQs for healthcare providers, a webinar for preparedness and optimizing supplies, and other guidance.

Framework for Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care: This CDC resource provides healthcare systems with a recommended framework to deliver non-COVID-19 health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources: This toolkit from the Center to Advance Palliative Care includes guidance and resources to help health centers respond to COVID-19.

Advice for Health Workers: WHO guidance on the rights, roles, and responsibilities of health workers, including occupational safety.

Telehealth and Telephone Visits in the Time of COVID-19: This Center for Care Innovations resource has sample workflows and guidance for providers switching to telehealth visits for their patients.

     See Also: A list of sample telehealth forms from the California Telehealth Resource Center for implementing a telehealth program.

In These Extraordinary Times: This NACHC article shares stories of innovation and courage among health centers.

COVID-19 Health Literacy Project: Started by Harvard Medical School student Pooja Chandrashekar, this website provides accessible, evidence-based COVID-19 fact sheets in 35 languages vetted by physicians and Harvard hospital affiliates.

Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19: These videos, audio recordings, news stories, mental health resources, and communications tools from the National Institute of Mental Health are free for health centers to share with their patients.

Social Media Toolkit: These resources from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration include social media messages in Spanish and English about food safety, plasma donation, hand washing, and other essential COVID-19 information.

Coronavirus Anxiety - Helpful Expert Tips and Resources: These resources from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America are updated daily and help with mental health struggles relating to COVID-19 and general health anxiety concerns.

Older Adult-Specific Resources

Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know: This National Council on Aging resource discusses the importance of older adults getting their annual flu shot to protect themselves and those around them.

Common Questions and Answers for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions: This resource from the Alliance for Aging Research addresses several frequently asked questions for older adult patients.

A Coronavirus Guide for Older Adults: This TIME article discusses prevalence, risk factors, statistics, and prevention tips for older adults.

Encouraging Older Adults to Stay Active: This NCOA guide includes tips for older adults to stay active and maintain strength, balance, and flexibility to reduce fall risk, strengthen the immune system, and improve quality of life.

     See Also: This 15-minute Sample Workout for Older Adults from the National Institute on Aging's Go4Life Campaign.

What Congress Has Done for COVID-19 Relief and What Might be Next: This NCOA article describes the legislation enacted since the COVID-19 pandemic began and how older adults have been impacted.

Resources to Address Misinformation and Stigma

Share Facts, Not Fear: This CDC resource seeks to help fight stigma through fact-sharing.

Myth Busters for the Public: This WHO resource dispels myths surrounding prevention, treatment, and the spreading of the virus.

Stigma Related to COVID-19: This CDC resource explains the populations at risk of being targeted due to social stigma, and how communicators and public health officials can help counter this stigma.

Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus: Information from Teaching Tolerance on the current narrative, the historical context, and how to educate to counter misinformation and racism.