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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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.

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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 monkeypox 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

Connect to end COVID-19, social workers support informed vaccine decision-making

Join NASW’s national Connect to End COVID-19 effort, a CDC-funded initiative to support social workers and their clients in informed vaccine decision-making. Free webinars and CEUs available.

Learn about Connect to End COVID-19