Learn About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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

Telebehavioral Health and Your Clinical Practice Since Covid-19

This workshop will explore the new rulings and guidelines since a public health emergency was declared in January 2020 that affects the provision of clinical services via telehealth. We will discuss the new rules and waivers with Medicare and Medicaid, offer a quick-start guide to establishing a telehealth practice, and more.

Key Developments in Medicare Telehealth Options During COVID-19

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:

Social workers may also consult other reliable sources for current information and setting-specific guidance, including:

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Preventive 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 mitigating the novel coronavirus — slowing down the spread of COVID-19 so that medical resources are not overwhelmed.

For more, see Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC, Feb. 14, 2020)

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann

NASW President on the Coronavirus Pandemic

We must protect our own health and ensure we are doing nothing to endanger those who are considered at high risk.

Read Dr. Wehrmann's statement


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DynaMed EBSCO Coronavirus Resources


DynaMed, a source of trusted information, is offering open access to this topic page. 

Visit DynaMed's Novel Coronavirus website


Student Loan Payments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Student loan borrowers can apply for income-driven repayment plans if their income is reduced as a result of COVID-19.

Learn more about student debt relief


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