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NENG 232 Bridge to College English II (COVID-19) (Ide): What is COVID-19? Links


What is COVID-19? Links

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus in the coronavirus family. Other coronaviruses have caused outbreaks of diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide.

Important Facts

From the WHO advice for the Public: Myth busters:

  • COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including with hot and humid weather.
  • Cold weather and snow cannot kill the virus.
  • Taking a hot bath does not prevent the disease.
  • The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Hand dryers are not effective at killing the coronavirus. You should wash your hands.
  • Flu vaccines and pneumonia vaccines do not protect you from the coronavirus.
  • People of all ages can be infected with the coronavirus.
  • To date there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the virus. Treatment can relieve symptoms, but not the virus itself.

COVID Hotline for Deaf and HH

Connect Direct, Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc., and CSD Neighborhood are operating a Coronavirus/COVID-19 Hotline for the Deaf Community.

Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (CST).

There are several ways to access the hotline: 

Social Distancing

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Schools and other gathering places such as movie theaters may close, and sports events and religious services may be cancelled.

What is Quarantine?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted an infectious disease.

What is Isolation?

Isolation prevents the spread of an infections disease by separating people who are sick from those who are not. It lasts as long as the disease is contagious.

Deaf and HH Resources from the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses

We’ve compiled a list of resources related to COVID-19 that are available for and accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.This list is by no means exhaustive. If there are any more resources, please let us know by emailing us at admin@amphl.org.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO) - Coronavirus

Society of Hospital Medicine

American Public Health Association


DPAN Interview with Dr. Michael McKee

Dr. Chad Ruffin - Coronavirus

Deaf in Scrubs with Dr. Zach and Ian

Partners in Deaf Health

DPAN Interview with Dr. Jaime Wilson

Dr. Jessica Nertomb - COVID-19 Information in ASL for Canada







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