What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can spread from person to person. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most people have mild symptoms, some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. People at higher risk include older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
CDC’s Recommendations for People with HIV Include:
- Having at least a 30-day supply of HIV medicine available.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Practicing good hand washing.
- Avoiding large crowds and gatherings.
- Avoiding non-essential travel.
- Following recommendations made by local public health officials.
- Establishing a clinical care plan to communicate with health care providers online or by phone.
The Office of HIV, Ryan White All Parts, and service providers have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, and I want to reassure you that most services will still be available to you during this time of uncertainty. You can expect the way you receive services may be different; however, I can assure you that there will be additional changes as providers adapt meet your needs in the best ways possible.
Communication with the Office of HIV
To limit the spread of COVID-19, our office is currently operating remotely. During this time, staff are actively working from home, but response times may be impacted. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to this new way of business. If you have questions or concerns about accessing services, please email our office by clicking the “Contact” link on the top right corner of your screen or by simply clicking here.
Additional CDC recommendations for people living with HIV, can be found here.
Tory W. Johnson, MMgt
Section Manager, Office of HIV