Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Social workers can inform their clients about how to lessen their risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus, while taking precautions to keep themselves safe.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Connect to End COVID-19

NASW and the NASW Foundation are partnering with the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work in an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The effort will provide training, tools, and information to promote vaccine confidence among social workers and equip social workers to support clients in vaccine decision making.

Learn more and join Connect to End COVID-19


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Persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS often experience a range of health problems, as well as economic, social and environmental barriers that can impact a person’s mental health and psychosocial wellness.

Social workers have the skills, opportunity, and commitment to engage clients in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment utilizing a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach.

Learn more about HIV & AIDS


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Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection of the Monkeypox virus. Symptoms are similar to Smallpox but milder and include fever, chills, fatigue and an itchy rash that looks like pimples or blisters. About 19,000 cases had been reported in the United States by August 2022.

Data suggests that the current outbreak in the United States has high rates of known cases among men who have sex with other men. However, the disease can spread to anyone who has had close personal contact with others.

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In response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic, NASW prepared resources to provide social workers information on the disease and how it is transmitted, along with behavioral health resources on the virus, and accounts and advice from social workers who have worked with people battling Ebola or who helped allay concerns about Ebola in the United States.

Learn more about Ebola