Alopecia Areata and Covid-19
In these uniquely challenging and isolating times, we want to assure our support for you and the entire community affected by alopecia areata. As the COVID-19 situation unfolds and we learn of new information and guidelines, we will continue to focus on the safety of our community.
Although, so far there is no evidence to suggest those with alopecia areata are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, if you are on medication that affects your immune system, you may want to be particularly cautious because of the potential for greater risk of complications if infected.
According to the National Health Council (NHC), those most at-risk are people over 60 and people who have serious chronic conditions like lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as people taking immunosuppressants. Learn more and watch the NHC webinar here: http://bit.ly/2Wphzya #HighRiskCovid19
If you think you may have symptoms of, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please refer to this link from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html and also ask your health provider.
With the increase of COVID-19 cases there is a corresponding increase of anxiety and stress, which is completely understandable. After all, none of us know exactly when this outbreak will peak and then begin to decrease and eventually come to an end. (But rest assured, it will eventually.) If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, we encourage you to visit Mental Health America at https://mhanational.org/covid19 where they have tools for self-screening and helpful resources.
NAAF Volunteer Face to Face Meetings Suspended Through May 31
NAAF staff and volunteers throughout the country are still available for support via phone if you want to feel connected to people who understand and care in this time of social distancing. However, in the interest of safety, we ask that all face-to-face meetings and events to be suspended through at least May 31. This includes support group meetings, legislative meetings, in-person Youth Mentor meetings, and local grassroots awareness and fundraising events. We will send updates as the situation changes.
Annual NAAF Conference - Interest in a Virtual Solution?
We are evaluating options for those planning to attend or considering attending NAAF’s 35th International Annual Patient and Family Conference in June and want to hear from you. Please let us know your preference as we consider pivoting to a virtual conference, postponing until early Fall when kids will be back in school or cancelling altogether during this fluid situation. NAAF will continue to monitor developments from health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and non-profit leadership organizations including the NHC (National Health Council) as we weigh your feedback and preferences.
Should our Conference June 18-21 need to be cancelled for safety, your conference registration fees will be reimbursed in full.
NAAF staff are doing our part to keep ourselves and our community safe, so we are working from home for the foreseeable future. We will still be responsive to emails, and voicemails and gratefully receiving donations through this challenging time. We appreciate your patience and your support.
Our hearts go out to anyone who's been negatively affected by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery.
Thank you for your understanding. Working together, we will come through this an even stronger community.