COVID-19 • Special Issue/March 2020
HOW DO YOU WANT TO HELP TODAY?
It is our responsibility to understand the risks and ramifications of COVID-19, and to be the ones the community can depend on for information, help and support. We don’t have to have all the answers, but we must be willing to find out and we don’t have to do everything, but we must be ready to find help.
The information presented here is intended as a resource for all Psychology Practitioners to help them to help others during the crisis and will be updated as needed. To suggest changes or additions, please get in touch with the PsySSA Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are stronger together!
PsySSA President: Prof Garth Stevens
As you would know by now, President Cyril Ramaphosa has implemented a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight 26 March to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, and contain the spread and human costs of the pandemic. PsySSA supports the President’s targeted interventions to protect the health and safety of the citizenry.
As the PsySSA Presidency, we want to assure our members that our service to you remains a priority. We are committed to navigating the current crisis, and implementing necessary plans in ways that allow us to continue to support you, engage with you, and uphold the Society’s vision and mission. We hope that we can also draw on your expertise and strength as we work collectively towards ensuring the best possible outcomes during this pandemic for the multiple service users and publics whom we serve.
Please listen to our latest podcast on these extraordinary and challenging times…
COVID-19…Extraordinary and Challenging Times
The current corona virus that is causing COVID-19 is new to the world. Researchers did not have a chance to study this specific virus, the impact of the virus on people, the infection processes and the impact of infection before the outbreak started. They are learning from the pandemic as it unfolds. That means that health professionals around the globe must stay up to date in terms of:
- research findings as they become available, and
- what the important but unanswered questions at this stage are.
Here are some important information sources for data about the pandemic around the globe and in South Africa, what the disaster response status in South Africa is, and credible information, advice and materials to support you when helping members of the public, frontline healthcare workers, and COVID-19 patients.
1. Trackers https://bing.com/covid?form=COVD07 and https://www.covidvisualizer.com/
2. National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) http://www.nicd.ac.za/
3. World Health Organisation (WHO) https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
4. Department of Health (South Africa) https://sacoronavirus.co.za and http://www.health.gov.za/
- Twitter: @HealthZA
- Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 000 and Coronavirus Hotline: 0800 029 999
- WhatsApp Support Line: 0600 123456 (text Hi to activate)
5. American Psychological Association (APA) free COVID-19-related Journal Articles https://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/covid-19-articles
6. Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) https://www.hpcsa.co.za/
Healthcare Practitioner Links
Frontline healthcare workers are those healthcare professionals directly involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people with COVID-19 and providing health services where they are most needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. They can be community health workers, nurses, doctors, psychologists, medical specialists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, traditional healers, etc. These healthcare workers can be in voluntary, assigned / employed or deployed positions.
General Public Links
Important Contact Details
Coronavirus Hotline Number
0800 029 999
Text Hi to 0600 123 456