Resources for Consumers and Professionals During COVID-19

COVID-19 Symptom Check card developed by the NY State Department of Health

We are pleased to share with you a COVID-19 Symptom Check card developed by the NY State Department of Health that was just approved for release.  COVID symptom card for communication for individuals who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing for use with medical professionals.

The card is to assist Medical Professionals and Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals communicate better regarding assessment of COVID-19 symptoms. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals can use the icons to help communicate their preferred method of communication, symptoms, severity and timeframe of symptoms.

Below is a link to the Printable PDF card.

Click here for a printable PDF card

Communication Strategies for People Who Are Deaf-Blind During A Coronavirus Pandemic 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to necessary “Social distancing” for everyone.  Keeping a safe distance (6 feet is suggested) from other people is key to the elimination of the virus according to the experts.  For people who are deaf-blind, this is not often an option as many people use a tactile form of communication, such as Tactile ASL, as a main method of receiving information.  Others, depending on the type of vision loss, may depend on a close signing environment.

Click here to see COVID-19 Communication Guidelines

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Taking Care of your Emotional Health
https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

Mental Health and Coping during Covid-19
https://tinyurl.com/v5mbs7m

COVID-19 Anxiety Workshop
How To Mangage Your Anxiety Effectively 
https://health.uark.edu/coronavirus/caps-covid-19-resources-anxiety-workbook.pdf

COVID-19 Informational Websites List

A listing of apps, more communication resources, national organizations, and state-by-state COVID-19 resources.

Click here to see COVID-19 Informational Websites List

General Guidelines for Keeping Safe During the COVID-19 Epidemic

  • Wash your hands FREQUENTLY for 20 seconds with soap especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.  
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. This includes touching your SSPs and other folks you may be tactile signing to or in close proximity.  
  • Maintain a social distance of six feet whenever possible.  
  • Stay home when you are sick, stay home whenever it is possible.   
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.  
  • Wear gloves - Be sure to carefully remove gloves according to safety protocol and dispose in separate garbage container if possible. Be mindful of what you have touched with gloves so when you remove gloves you avoid touching these surfaces.  
  • Use sanitizer - Sanitize your environment when possible with sanitizing wipes. This may be your adaptive equipment and keyboards, arms and seats of chairs, flat surfaces. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables every day. 
  • Air quality - Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.  
  • Monitor your wellness - if you are experiencing fever, coughing, aches, shortness of breath contact your physician.  
  • Avoid others who are sick.  
  • Do not reuse masks or gloves - Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.  
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. • Use a household cleaning spray according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. Wipe down car surfaces when sharing a ride with someone including door handles.  
  • Wash laundry thoroughly and regularly. Wash clothing after one wear if possible   
  • Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, using a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.  
  • Keep your shoes outside after wear or in hallway of apartment. Wipe down with sanitized cloth after use. 
  • Receiving deliveries from on-line shopping - when you receive deliveries to your home, wipe down cardboard boxes with sanitizer, open box and dispose of the box. Wipe down all items in the box before bringing them into your house.  

Other helpful tips for keeping your home safe  

  • Cleaning your home: Always clean surfaces prior to use of disinfectants. Dirt and other materials on surfaces can reduce the effectiveness of disinfectants. Clean surfaces using water and soap or detergent to reduce soil and remove germs. For combination products that can both clean and disinfect, always follow the instructions on the specific product label to ensure effective use.  
  • Disinfection: If EPA- and DEC*-registered products specifically labeled for SARS-CoV-2 are not available, disinfect surfaces using a disinfectant labeled to be effective against rhinovirus and/or human coronavirus. EPA- and DEC*- registered disinfectants specifically labeled as effective against SARS-CoV-2 may become commercially available at a future time and once available, those products should be used for targeted disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.  
  • Wash all bedding/linens. Wash and dry with the warmest temperatures recommended on the fabric label and follow detergent label and instructions for use.  
  • Ensure waste baskets are emptied on a regular basis. Persons emptying waste baskets should wear gloves to do so and dispose of the gloves immediately.  
  • Ways to protect yourself and identify symptoms of COVID-19.  Click below on three different links for more information from CDC. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share- facts-h.pdf 

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands- poster-english-508.pdf 

State-by-State COVID-19 Resources

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