Last updated August 6, 2020 at 8:37 a.m.

Each resource below is listed in order of usefulness for given topic and assessed for readability using a SMOG algorithmic tool by WebFX as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Communicating your Practices’ COVID-19 Safety Response to your Patients

NC AHEC offers a tip sheet to help you communicate with your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NC DHHS ‘Prevent and Protect’ Toolkit

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is offering a ‘prevent and protect’ toolkit with resources in both English and Spanish to help you get the word out to patients about wearing face coverings as well as washing their hands and physically distancing from others.

Managing High Blood Pressure during COVID-19

NC AHEC offers a tip sheet discussing ways that patients can lower their blood pressure without going into the clinic.

COVID-19 and Mental Health

NC AHEC offers a tip sheet for patients looking for guidance on how to identify and cope with feelings of stress related to the pandemic.

  • English, Spanish
  • Approximately 6th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3

Resources on Mental Health

Stress and Coping from the CDC

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Approximately 12th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.2

Mental Health and COVID-19: Information & Resources from Mental Health America (MHA)

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • Spanish
  • 22-page PDF guide including general information and population-specific resources geared towards coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health from the CDC

  • Spanish
  • Approximately 9th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50

Helping Children Cope from the CDC

  • Spanish
  • Approximately 10th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.1

About Sleep Hygiene from the CDC

  • Approximately 5th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.9

Supporting Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic from the National Institute of Mental Health

  • Approximately 7th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.4

COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub from PsychHub

  • Approximately 7th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.4

How to Don/Doff PPE

NC AHEC offers a tip sheet to educate patients on the proper procedures for wearing, removing, and maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • English, Spanish
  • Approximately 5th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.2

Resources on PPE

.Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 and DIY Instructions from the CDC

  • Approximately 3rd grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.7

Which Type of Mask Do I Need? from the Maine DHHS

  • Approximately 4th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.9

Running Essential Errands from the CDC

  • Approximately 7th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.6

How to Make Your Own Face Covering youtube video from the CDC

Proper Donning & Doffing of Procedural and Surgical Masks youtube video Nebraska Medical Center

How to Safely Remove Gloves from the CDC

  • Approximately 3rd grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.8

Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for Patients

NC AHEC offers a tip sheet to educate patients on the differences between isolation and quarantine and when to ask their health care provider for help.

  • English, Spanish
  • Approximately 6th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.1

Resources on Quarantine 

Home quarantine guidance for close contacts to coronavirus (COVID-19) from the LA Department of Public Health

  • Approximately 6th grade reading level
  • Flesh-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.7

How to Self-Monitor During Quarantine from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)

  • Approximately 6th grade reading level 
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.9

Cleaning and Disinfecting your home: Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone Is Sick from the CDC

  • Approximately 5th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.5

Resources on Isolation 

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick from the CDC

  • Approximately 5th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.8

COVID-19: What to do if you feel sick from NC DHHS

  • Approximately 5th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 98

10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home from the CDC

  • Approximately 5th grade reading level
  • Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.5
  • May need to be supplemented with more specific instructions on management skills

References

Ryu JH, Yi PH. Readability of spine-related patient education materials from leading orthopedic academic centers. Spine (Philadelphia, Pa. 1976). 2016;41(9):E561-E565. 

Why is Using Telehealth Important During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

View this video from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) for more information.

Telehealth FAQ for Patients

This FAQ provided by NC AHEC Practice Support addresses common questions from patients regarding telehealth visits.

Telehealth for Patients from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)