April 14, 2020

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COVID-19 Resources and Information

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Resources in Non-English Languages

CDC has recently added more translations to its COVID-19 website. You can now find information in 

Additional pages will be translated in the coming weeks. Digital versions of some print resources are also available in other languages. In addition, CDC has developed videos about COVID-19 in American Sign Language

Please share this information broadly with those who speak these languages and the organizations that serve them. 

Coronavirus Response: How to Help

Everyone has a role to play in the whole community fight against COVID-19. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or a member of the general public.

Other Learning Opportunities and Resources

CERC Corner: Addressing Stigma

Stigma can affect people, places, or things. It occurs when people associate a risk with something specific—like a minority population group—and there is no evidence that the risk is greater in that group than in the general population. Stigmatization is especially common in disease outbreaks. Click the link above to learn how to counter stigma in an emergency.

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

This fact sheet by SAMHSA explains social distancing, quarantine, and isolation in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It discusses feelings and thoughts that may arise during this time and suggests ways to cope and support oneself during such an experience.

OpenWHO Offers Free Online Courses for Responders

OpenWHO is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.

COVID-19 Resource Spotlight: Manage Anxiety and Stress

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include

  • Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions and might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other healthcare providers or first responders
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

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