COVID-19 and PHACS
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created a public health challenge unprecedented in our lifetimes.
We know that for PHACS study participants and staff, who are spread all around the country, including Puerto Rico, there are many questions about the novel coronavirus. Many are wondering how COVID-19 may affect people living with HIV. They may want to know how the pandemic will affect access to medical care and needed medications, and the many other ripple effects it will have on people's lives. Around the world, many are experiencing a sudden loss of income and benefits and heightened fear and anxiety. We have a new day-to-day reality as we stay home to prevent the virus from spreading further. Many are either positive for COVID-19 or caring for someone who is.
Many PHACS clinical staff are working with patients on the front-lines of clinical care. Others have shifted their research duties to remote work settings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. First and foremost, we want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to the work of PHACS.
Much remains unknown about COVID-19 and how it may affect people living with HIV. However, many organizations have created resources that show what we know thus far.
We understand that the stress, anxiety, and fear of this moment have only deepened a feeling of uncertainty, isolation, and exhaustion, which may have intensified over the course of the past year. We encourage everyone to continue to take care of yourselves and stay connected.
Information about COVID-19
Coronavirus Resource Database (Move On)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updates and Information (National Institutes of Health)
Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (World Health Organization)
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Fact Sheet (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
COVID Fact Sheets in 30 Languages (COVID-19 Health Literacy Project)
Webinar: Clear Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic (The Health Literacy Solutions Center)
Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
COVID-19 en Español (COVID-19 Health Literacy Project)
COVID-19 and HIV
COVID-19: What people with HIV Should Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV (AIDS Info, National Institutes of Health)
COVID-19: Information for People Living with HIV (Office of AIDS, California)
Q&A on COVID-19, HIV, and Antiretrovirals (World Health Organization (WHO))
#Coronavirus: Information for People Living with HIV (POZ Magazine)
Webinar Recording: HIV Advocates' Update on COVID-19 (AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC))
Webinar Recording: COVID-19 & HIV (University of Washington AIDS Clinical Trials Unit Community Advisory Board)
Webinar Recording: Telehealth & COVID-19: Implications for HIV Care and Treatment (Health HIV - register for webinar and it will take you to recording)
7 maneras de prevenir la transmisión del nuevo coronavirus (POZ Magazine)
Mental Health and Coping
Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak (National Center for PTSD)
Sustaining the Well-Being of Healthcare Personnel during the Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks(Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)
Helping Personnel who Experience Work-Related Trauma Exposure (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)
Seven Research Findings that can Help People Deal with COVID-19 (American Psychological Association)
Protecting your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
F.A.C.E. C.O.V.I.D. - How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
Talking about COVID-19 in Families
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Talking to Children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 (National Association of School Pyschologists)
Talking to Children about Coronavirus (COVID-19) (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Supporting Families During COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute - Tips and Resources for Parents)
Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19: Un recurso para padres (National Association of School Psychologists)
COVID-19 Resources/Activities for Children
My Hero is You - How Kids can Fight COVID-19 Storybook for Children (Inter-Agecy Standing Committee on Mental Health/Psychocosocial Support in Emergency Settings)
St. Jude's Hospital - Coronavirus for Kids Series
COVID-19 Resources for PHACS Staff
Our clinical staff are on the front lines of this pandemic, caring for patients and adjusting research duties to fit an ever-evolving situation. As we communicate internally with PHACS sites and staff, we will post all relevant staff documents and resources behind our login in the "Documents" section.