Coronavirus Safety - NAPNAP

Coronavirus Safety

As the pandmic continues to impact health and safety , the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) will continue to develop resources and curate information to support pediatric nurse practioners, family nurse practitioners, other pediatric providers and patient families.


NAPNAP Statements on COVID-19

TeamPeds Experts Live, Town Hall and Webinars

POSTPONED:  TeamPeds Town Hall – COVID-19 Update and Vaccine Development. Our guest speaker will be infectious disease and immunology expert Patricia Stinchfield, MSN, CPNP. New date to come.

Watch on-demand:

Back-to-School Health and Safety Advice via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook 

Keeping Kids Healthy at Home via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook 

Transitioning to Telehealth via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook 

Children’s Mental Health during COVID-19 via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook 

Provider Wellbeing and Resiliency via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook 

NAPNAP Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative telehealth webinar

Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Experiences During COVID-19 TeamPeds Town Hall

Provider Resources

  • 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.
  •, 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.

Resources to Share with Families

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.

Members in the Media

Several NAPNAP experts responded to media and stakeholder questions in print and digital interviews.

  • 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

Legislation & Regulatory Information

Federal and state rules during the pandemic are subject to change. We recommend you consult your state board of nursing for the most current practice related rules.

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