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.
Mental health burdens are some of the toughest burdens of alopecia areata in the best of times. With the added stress of a pandemic and social isolation, these may be exacerbated. Paul Gionfriddo of Mental Health America addressed Coronavirus Preparedness for People with Chronic Diseases: What Are The Mental Health Implications in a webinar on April 17th. Watch it here. We thank the National Health Council for hosting and sharing this webinar and for all of their leadership in improving the health of people with chronic disease and disability and the organizations who serve them.
The National Institute of Mental Health is conducting a survey to learn about how stressors related to the COVID-19 virus affect mental health over time. You can find out more and enroll in the study at Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Study.
If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety and stress, we encourage you to visit Mental Health America at https://mhanational.org/covid19 where they have tools for self-screening and helpful resources.
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.
NAAF Volunteer Face to Face Meetings Suspended Through at Least December 31, 2020
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 December 31, 2020. This includes support group meetings, legislative meetings, in-person Youth Mentor meetings, and local grassroots awareness and fundraising events. Please check our events calendar for virtual support meetings scheduled on Zoom by support group leaders in your area.
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.