NAMI Monitoring Coronavirus
NAMI is closely monitoring the coronavirus and has provided affiliates across the country with information that can be helpful to our members, volunteers, and individuals and families into our community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html) is NAMI’s main source of information, and notes the following in terms of risk assessment:
- For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States.
- People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locationswhere community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location. The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to several countries. Before traveling, consult travel guidance from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
The CDC offers these basic tips:
- Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes.
- Eliminate hugs and handshakes at this time. Consider “air fist bumps,” heart hands or just say hello.
- If you are at work or another event and begin to feel sick, go home as soon as possible.
Learn more about how you can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu at work : Flu Prevention at Work
If you are concerned about attending therapy sessions or another support group or class please contact your healthcare provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
If you have questions regarding prescribed medications, ask your healthcare provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply.
It is recommended to not only check the CDC website daily for updates, but also to listen for updates from local news and public healthcare providers. Additionally, NAMI will continue to monitor and update as this progresses.