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FAACT's Resource Page on COVID-19

COVID-19

Updated 8/11/20

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:

  1. Avoid close contact (less than 6 feet) with people who are sick.
  2. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  5. Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  7. 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:

Schools:

Colleges & Universities:


FAACT's Resources

FAACT's Podcasts:


Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI): In Practice

Acute At Home Management of Anaphylaxis During the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • 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.


Additional Resources:

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

Allergic Living: 
COVID-19 e-Magazine - FREE (May)
COVID-19 & Allergies Resource Hub

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):
Food Safey and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE):
COVID-19 Resources

Johns Hopkins University:
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?

National Association of School Nurses:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources

National School Boards Association:
COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community

U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Finding Meals for Kids When Schools Are Closed

U.S. Department of Education:
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)


Blogs:

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