As social workers, we need to be ambassadors of rational, fact-based
approaches to the epidemic. Take time to review information from the
Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization on how the
coronavirus is spread, symptoms of the disease, and know the steps
people can take to lessen their chances of contracting or spreading coronavirus.
Free NASW Webinars
workshop explores new rulings and guidelines that affect the provision of clinical services via telehealth. It covers new rules and waivers with Medicare and Medicaid and offered a quick-start guide to establishing a telehealth practice.
This pre-recorded webinar provides an update on guidance from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on enhanced telehealth (including
teletherapy) options for Medicare beneficiaries during the current
COVID-19 public health emergency.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the leading national public health agency in the United States and
provides information and updates on COVID-19 as it becomes available. The
CDC coronavirus webpage provides guidance on preparation and action steps for various settings:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The CMS partner toolkit organizes information about managing the COVID-19 crisis for different groups.
Social workers may also consult other reliable sources for current information and setting-specific guidance, including:
Disease Prevention Measures
The CDC recommends the following to avoid spreading COVID-19:
- Stay home when you are sick with influenza-like illness.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, i.e., telephones, computer equipment, etc.
- Do not use other workers’ phones, desks, office, or other work
tools and equipment; if necessary, consider cleaning them first
with a disinfectant.
The practice of social distancing
is crucial to containing and slowing
down the spread of COVID-19 so that medical resources are not
For more, see Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC, Feb. 14, 2020)