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.
See Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC, Feb. 14, 2020)
What else can you do?
As social workers, we are guided by the core values of service to
community, social justice and the dignity and worth of every person. We
practice with integrity and competence. Social work professionals must
be an active participant in the community response to emerging public
- Actively participate in public and private health care policy and
planning bodies to ensure that clients receive necessary and appropriate
care with the guarantee of confidentiality and patient rights
- Learn from history and take lessons from the fears and
misinformation of HIV/AIDS to better understand and confront the stigma
and discrimination of persons perceived as being more at risk for
transmitting coronavirus, such as people of Asian descent.
- Implement programs to educate colleagues and allied providers on the facts about the coronavirus.
- Know community resources and share information with clients and colleagues.
- Across fields of practice, the coronavirus epidemic will call
upon social workers to utilize the bio-psychosocial approach as we apply
our training and skills to engage, support, and advocate for our
clients, patients, and the larger communities in which we work and live.