Preparing for COVID-19

Resources for providers

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Resources for clinicians, providers, and transplant centers

*These resources are only available to AST Members.

National resources

  • Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) official COVID-19 website with information about how to protect yourself and your family, high risk groups, information for caregivers and healthcare providers, as well as a situation summary
  • CDC’s print resources for information on COVID-19, including preparation, prevention, and treatment. Formatted for hand outs and posters
  • CDC’s video resources for the latest information about COVID-19
  • World Health Organization's (WHO) advice for the public, including prevention, travel advice and information on the COVID-19 response fund
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guide on exposure risk for U.S. workers, including identifying potential sources of exposure

California-specific resources

  • Transplant Infectious Disease’s (TID) guidance on COVID-19 that provides clinicians with information on its impact on deceased donation, living donation, transplant recipients, treatment of cases, and operational considerations
  • American Journal of Transplantation's publication regarding the implication of emerging infections for transplantation
  • AST’s Outstanding Questions in Transplant provides a communal space* for clinicians to engage in online discussions related to COVID-19. Below are relevant topics of interest:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guideline for kidney patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in outpatient dialysis facilities
  • United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) latest updates for transplant programs, Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN)
  • National Kidney Registry’s (NKR) latest updates for COVID-19 test kits for living donors, recipients of living donor organs and potential recipients of deceased donor organs
  • Kidney Transplant Centers’ list of currently active and non-active living donor transplants programs/centers
  • Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KFF) COVID-19 Interactive Coronavirus Tracker, updated regularly
  • KFF’s tending COVID-19 topics page, including updates on global health policy, state level policy, updates from KFF's executives
  • California Department of Public Health provides information on state ordinances, state COVID-19 case and death numbers, amongst other state response updates.
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s daily updates on Los Angeles County cases and deaths, includes Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 background information and resources

UCLA health resources

  • UCLA Health’s wellness resources** for physicians, residents, and fellows
  • UCLA Campus Human Resources’ Staff and Faculty Counseling resources**, including services for crisis management and work life issues
  • David Geffen School of Medicine’s Behavioral Wellness Center offers mental health services**, including crisis management and telehealth appointments

**Internal UCLA Health resources may require AD login.

Resources for patients

  • National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) guide to help kidney patients be prepared for COVID-19. Available in English and Spanish.
  • American Society of Transplantation’s (AST) frequently asked questions from transplant candidates and recipients
  • AST’s fact sheet with frequently asked questions for organ transplantation
  • Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center’s coronavirus disease information page for dialysis patients and YouTube webinar with helpful tips on what kidney patients and their families can do to protect themselves
  • Medicare’s latest updates on COVID-19, coverage information, and telehealth services
  • Education from X-Plain Patient Education that covers symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention; available in multiple languages
  • Coronavirus Checker Beta is an online tool that asks you about your symptoms and suggests next medical steps. It is based on best clinical practices, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, illness severity and risk factors like age and pre-existing conditions.

Resources for children, teens, and families

  • Nation Public Radio’s (NPR) comic for parents to talk to their kids about the coronavirus
  • Psychology Today’s guide on how to talk to kids and teens about the coronavirus, includes comics, podcasts and other helpful links
  • Government of India partnered with physicians to create a comic for COVID-19 awareness
  • KidsHealth provides information on helping kids understand how to talk to your child, what to do if your child is sick, how to prepare your family, preventing the spread, and social distancing with children
  • Covibook, a short book about COVID-19 to support and reassure children under the age of 7; available in multiple languages
  • WHO’s one-pager on helping children cope with stress during COVID-19 outbreak
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s handouts for parents/caregivers helping their families cope with coronavirus; available in multiple languages

Resources for mental health and relaxation

  • UCLA Health offers free guided meditation that you can listen to anytime
  • CDC’s guidelines for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness’ information and resource guide related to COVID-19
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s (LACDMH) flyer on how to cope with stress during infectious disease outbreaks; available in 13 languages
  • LACDMH’s brochure on wellbeing apps
  • CDC’s guidelines on reducing stigma for persons of Asian descent, people who have traveled, and emergency responders or healthcare professionals
  • CDC’s guidelines on taking care of your emotional health during an emergency