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COVID-19 NEWS: 'APA Applauds Congress for Funding Efforts to Fight Coronavirus'
The American Psychological Association (APA) states the following:
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act extends $8.3 billion toward comprehensive, government-wide efforts to fight the coronavirus, including allocating funds for research, development of vaccines, prevention and treatment services. The legislation also temporarily waives Medicare telehealth restrictions, allowing more older adults to continue to receive essential health and mental health treatment, including at their home, during this public health emergency period—potentially helping to minimize exposing others to the virus. …
‘APA urges the public to remain calm since the likelihood of most people becoming sick from the coronavirus is low,’ [APA president Sandra L.] Shullman said. ‘The fact that there is a great deal of news coverage on this issue does not necessarily mean that it presents any threat to most of us. We should all follow the advice of the medical experts who are cautioning us all to wash our hands and stay home from work or school if we feel sick.’
APA also warned against blaming marginalized groups for the spread of COVID-19, noting that such discrimination could increase stress levels within these communities [and] deter some people from seeking needed testing or treatment. An increasing number of news reports document numerous instances of stereotyping, harassment and bullying directed at people perceived to be of Asian descent following the coronavirus outbreak. …
APA urged the public to seek information from reputable sources to reduce the risk of further transmission of the virus, and to quell fears.
APA has posted helpful information about the coronavirus on its website.
For more information, read the press release.
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