According to NC DHHS 2020, Current data shows that individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are at higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19. You can help take action to keep your body resilient and healthy:
- Quit smoking and vaping now. Emerging evidence suggests that those who smoke may be at greater risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19. In addition, it is well-established that stopping smoking improves lung function relatively quickly (within a few months,) which reduces susceptibility to respiratory illnesses and improves immune function, along with many other benefits not directly related to COVID-19. Visit www.quitlinenc.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help.
- The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK) offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources and best practices for professionals.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has compiled a selection of resources on mental health and coping
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has also provided tips for taking care of your behavioral health during social distancing, quarantine and isolation from an infectious disease outbreakOpen PDF like COVID-19.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has guidance for helping families cope with COVID-19Open PDF, and the World Health Organization has published a resource for mental health considerations during the COVID-19 outbreakOpen PDF.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS https://45.aa-carolina.org/
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS https://www.na.org/
HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND HOSPITALS https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/health-care
Breaking COVID Stigma https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/covid-