For Providers

Coronavirus Safety

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NAPNAP Statements on COVID-19

Official Statement on Prioritizing Return to School for Children in COVID-19 Policy Planning

Association Update on Government Relief Funds for Medicaid and CHIP Providers

NAPNAP Statement on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19 Infection

NAPNAP Statement on Age Parameters During COVID-19 Pandemic

NAPNAP Statement on Immunizations During COVID-19 Outbreak

NAPNAP Statement on Fostering Child Health and Wellness During COVID-19 Pandemic

NAPNAP Special Events

NAPNAP Facebook live session on Keeping Kids Healthy at Home

NAPNAP Facebook live session on Back-to-School Health and Safety

NAPNAP Facebook live session on transitioning to telehealth

NAPNAP Facebook live session on children's mental health during COVID-19

NAPNAP Facebook Live session on provider wellbeing and resiliency

NAPNAP telehealth webinar

Resources for Providers

Pediatric/Family Focused

Child health equity has been impacted by the pandemic. Check out our newest resource page for content and free continuing education on improving child health equity for all children.

Dr. Donna Hallas shared her perspective on pediatric and provider issues related to COVID-19 published online in Contemporary Pediatrics on March 23.

Dr. Donna Hallas remarks on the continued threat of COVID-19 in Contemporary Pediatrics on April 23.

Dr. Donna Hallas discussed MIS-C cases in children since the pandemic in Contemporary Pediatrics on May 26.

COVID-19 in Children: Initial Characterization of the Pediatric Disease - pre-publication article that has been peer-reviewed for publication in Pediatrics.

Vaccinate Your Family - Talking to People About Vaccines During COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Children - What Pediatric Health Care Clinicians Need to Know - JAMA Pediatrics

Watch Sigma's webinar on communication tips for supporting seriously ill patients, families, and communities.

CDC information for pediatric healthcare providers, including maintaining childhood immunizations.

CDC immunization catch-up schedule

CDC information for clinicians caring for children and pregnant women.

Lurie Children's Hospital pandemic care guidelines.

Children's Hospital Association recommendations and resources focused on acute care issues.

OPENPediatrics Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Group with links for healthcare professionals to access up-to-date information. 

Telehealth Related

HHS telehealth website includes information about telehealth options, work flows, policy changes in light of COVID-19, billing and reimbursement.

CMS State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit

School-based Health Alliance Recommendations for Education Partners

FCC begins accepting applications on April 13 for its $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program to support health care providers in expanding telehealth and remote patient monitoring technology to patients.

Updated: COVID-19 telephone triage protocols for pediatrics - Diagnosed or Suspected and Exposure.

Center for Connected Health Policy COVID-19 telehealth coverage policiesstate actions and video overview of state actions.

National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers COVID-19 resources.

AAP Guidance on Providing Pediatric Ambulatory Services via Telehealth During COVID-19

AAP Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth (SPROUT) - COVID-19 discussion.

AAP Telehealth Care resources.

American Academy of Nurse Entrepreneurs telehealth video series - part 1, part 2 and part 3.

General Population

Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs overview of available programs.

National Immigration Law Center FAQs related to COVID-19

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Alternate Care Site (ACS) Toolkit to help state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) entities to address potential shortages in medical facilities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Note: large file may take a few minutes to open/download.

CDC general guidance and frequently asked questions for healthcare providers about the coronavirus.

CDC prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease in healthcare settings.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses “COVID-19 Pulmonary, ARDS and Ventilator Resources” education module.

Healio Q&A: Interim protocols for COVID-19 in primary care.

CMS guidelines for Medicare/Medicaid.

CMS summary of Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge - provisions include authorizing hospitals to use PAs and NPs to the fullest extent possible, in accordance with a state’s emergency preparedness or pandemic plan and ordering tests and medications that may have previously required a physician’s order where permitted under state law. Full information about waivers can be found on CMS' webpage.

The Joint Commission FAQs about granting privileges during a disaster.

HHS has announced that HIPAA requirements for security will not be enforced against regulated professionals during the COVID-19 response, but the use of secure telecommunication methods remains well-advised and appropriate. Read more.

OpenWHO.org, a new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies from WHO.

NIMH resources for coping with stress and mental health during pandemic.

PPE Related

Masks and PPE: COVID-19 and the Next Pandemic webinar from GWU's Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. 

Watch step by step video on updated guidelines for donning and doffing PPE from Rush University.

FDA guidance on mitigation strategies for ventilator shortages.

CDC strategies for optimizing the supply of N95 respirators.

World Health Organization (WHO) rational use of personal protective equipment for COVID-19.

CDC optimization strategies for healthcare personal protective equipment.

Materials for Your Practice

Resources to Share with Families

NEW: COVID-19 How I Can Protect Myself and Others - resource from The Smithsonian Science Education Center. Available in 15 languages.

The government has launched a new COVID-19 website to provide a variety of information and instructions to the public. 

Boston University School of Public Health crowdsourced tip sheets and infographics in more than 20 languages

Safe Kids Worldwide - tips while children are at home during COVID-19

CDC frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and children.

CDC environmental cleaning and disinfecting recommendations.

CDC Coronavirus guidance for school settings.

Internet Safety 101 for kids working and playing online.

Early Childhood & COVID-19, a single destination for parents, caregivers, educators, and program leaders to find helpful resources for young children during this time. 

NAPNAP Mental Health Resources

NAPNAP has resources available to help parents and patients deal with the feelings about COVID-19 and governmental agency and media communications about the evolving situations in our communities.

For Faculty & Students

American Association of Colleges of Nursing has FAQs for deans, faculty and students. This site will continue to update responses as needed.

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' (NONPF) resources for clinical replacement. Please note educators are responsible for selecting and vetting resources to meet objectives.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing's COVID-19 Response Webinar Series offers live and recorded webinars focused on faculty and student topics.

National Student Nurses Association's Guidance for Nursing Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Provider Wellness

It's essential that healthcare providers take care of their own mental and physical health during the pandemic.

Members In the Media

  • PopHealth Perspectives: How I Practice Now: Perspectives From a Nurse on the Frontlines - April 7, 2020
  • Newsise: COVID-19 Testing, Drug Discovery, Infectiousness, and more: Press Conference - April 2, 2020
  • HuffPost - March 31, 2020
  • Mashable - March 31, 2020
  • WGEM News (Illinois) Part 1Part 2Part 3 - April 2, 2020

If you or a NAPNAP colleague is featured in a COVID-19 related story online, in print or on TV, please email details to newsroom@napnap.org.

Social Media Resources

Legislation & Regulatory Information

AANP is tracking regulatory changes - COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements

NCSBN info on Emergency Response by States and Nurses, including exceptions for inactive and retired licenses.

AAP prepared a COVID-19 Response Advocacy Report.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. Read more from NAPNAP and access a section by section summary.

The Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released documents that provide overviews to key sections of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was passed on March 25, 2020. View or download to read more: Finance or H.E.L.P.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

What is the COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

COVID-19, or coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does the COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information.

What are severe complications from this virus?

Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.  

Is there a vaccine/treatment?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

CDC's recommendations for protecting yourself and others include: frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your face; avoid close personal contact with others; and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inside of your elbow.

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