FAACT's Resource Page on COVID-19
Given the global spread of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we appreciate that these are uncertain and stressful times. The safety and health of all individuals is always the highest priority at FAACT. With the potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, our medical advisory board encourages that all individuals follow the global health guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) along with your state health department website.
The following recommendations from the CDC should be considered:
- Avoid close contact (less than 6 feet) with people who are sick.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard tissue in the trash.
- Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are sick, stay at home!
Although recommendations are quickly changing, everyone should make sure they have all necessary medications available at home with your action plans. Please reach out to your medical providers if you have a fever and lower respiratory symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, or any other specific concerns about your health.
Visit CDC's website for:
- Cloth Face Coverings/Masks
- Holiday Celebrations (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more)
- Personal Health Preparedness
- Preparing Your Family
- Preparing Your Home
- Manage Anxiety & Stress
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus 2019
- Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps
- Deciding How to Go Back to School: School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, & Guardians
- Back to School Planning - Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, & Caregivers
- FAQ's for School Administrators on Reopening Schools
- Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
- Screening K-12 Students for COVID-19: Limitations & Considerations
- Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools
- COVID-19 Toolkit for K-12 Schools
- Considerations for K-12 Schools: Readiness and Planning Tools
- Community Mitigation: Supporting states, tribes, localities, and territories
- Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open/Supplemental Guidance
- The Importance of Re-opening America's Schools this Fall
- Interim Considerations for K-12 School Administrators for SARS-CoV-2 Testing
- K-12 Schools & Childcare Programs: FAQ's for Administrators, Teachers, & Parents
- Cleaning and Disinfecting: Plan, Prepare, & Respond
- Youth Sports Program FAQ's
- Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events
- Keeping Children Healthy While School's Out
- Considerations for School Closure
- Guidance for Schools and Childcare Centers: Before and During an Outbreak
Colleges & Universities:
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- Tracking (Updated Daily)
- Testing Trends Tool: Track Trends in COVID-19 Cases and Tests (Updated Daily)
- Contact Tracing
- See the Latest Data in Your Region
- How Long Can the Virus that Causes COVID-19 Live on Surfaces?
- What Is Social Distancing and How Can It Slow the Spread of COVID-19?
- 'FAACTs for Schools' Staff Education Program
- FAACT's Food Allergy Curricula Program for Students (K-3, 4-8, High School)
- Back to School Blues? Dealing with Different Feelings about Going Back to School during the Covid-19 Pandemic - Blog
- FAACT's Let's Rehearse Lunchtime at School (Family Activity)
- FAACT's Roleplay for the Classroom (Family Activity)
- FAACT's Guest Blog "COVID-19 and Students with Food Allergies" for AASA: The School Superintendents Association
- FAACT's Position Statements re: CDC's Interim Guidance & Meals in the Classroom (May 20 and May 6)
- FAACT's Facebook LIVE: Self-care is for Everyone!
- Quarantining with Food Allergies - Blog
- Quarantining with Food Allergies - Handout
- Compassion in a Time of Chaos: There is No Right Response - Blog
- The Lost Memories of Students in Transition: Where Do We Go from Here? - Blog
- FAACT's Behavioral Health Resource Center
- Find A Support Group
- Allergy-Friendly Recipes on Pinterest
- 4/2/20: Understanding COVID-19, Part 1
- 4/2/20: Understanding COVID-19, Part 2
- 4/29/20: Demystifying ER Visits During COVID-19, Episode 7
- 5/13/20: Responding to the CDC's Interim Guidance and Meals in the Classroom with Amelia Smith, JD, Episode 12
- 5/29/20: Managing and Inspiring Family Life during the COVID-19 Pandemic with Curtis Zimmerman, Episode 17
- 6/10/20: Managing Food Allergies When You Are Food Insecure with Emily Brown, Episode 20
- 7/15/20: COVID-19 Back-to-School Must Knows with Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN & Amelia G. Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights Advocacy, Episode 26
- 8/12/20: How to Talk to Your Kids About Back-to-School During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Episode 30
- 9/2/20: Your Family - Building Resilience in Kids, Episode 33
- 9/16/20: FAACT's 'My Food Allergy Resilience Kit' and How to Teach Resilience to Your Family, Episode 35
- 9/30/20: Food Allergy and the COVID-19 Pandemic - Where We Are Now with Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, Episode 37
Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI): In Practice
- Tune in to FAACT's Roundtable Podcast, Episode 7 above.
- NOTE: Please speak with your board-certified allergist or healthcare provider directly about you/your child's care. Each case must be individualized.
Food Equality Initiative (FEI):
Food Equality Initiative's mission is to increase health and end hunger in patients with food allergies and celiac disease. To ensure all patients have access to the nutritious foods that meet their prescribed diets, our model provides supplemental nutrition assistance and nutrition education.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI):
Resources for A/I Clinicians during the COVID-19 Pandemic
American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI):
How to tell the difference between Allergies vs. COVID-19
Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN):
*NEW - COVID-19 School Resources for Managing Asthma & Allergies
COVID-19 and What You Need to Know about Asthma, Allergies, & Latex Allergy (FAQs)
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA):
What People with Asthma Need to Know
Albuterol Inhaler Shortage Due to COVID-19 Could Impact People with Asthma
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):
Food Safey and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE):
National School Boards Association (NSBA):
COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):
Finding Meals for Kids When Schools Are Closed
U.S. Department of Education (DoE):
COVID-19 Information & Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Behavioral/Mental Health Resources:
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
Resources for Helping Kids & Parents Cope Amidst COVID-19
Media Habits During COVID-19: Children & Teens on Screens in Quarantine
American Psychological Association:
COVID-19 Tips and Help Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
COVID-19 Information and Resources
National Association of School Psychologists:
Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19
National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Pandemic Pondering Blog by James R. Baker, MD
Pediatrician's Tips for Kids' and Teens' Mental Health During Coronavirus Pandemic by Steve Silvestro, MD
Lastly, we know these are uncertain times that will lead to great anxiety and pose challenges in the coming weeks and months we have never experienced before, but we are confident we will get through this. Please follow the global health protocols and guidelines that have been put into place by the CDC and WHO, as well as your State Health Departments.
From our FAACT family to yours, please stay healthy and safe!
Original Release Date: 03/13/20
* Medical Reviewer: S. Shahzad Mustafa, MD