> Coronavirus: the spread of misinformation
“In a bid to increase viewership, major media organisations are… inciting panic among the public… Governments and figures in the media should utilise the knowledge of experts,” Imperial College London experts write in BMC Medicine. How to spot coronavirus fake news – by University of Oxford. See also: Bill Gates’ comments.
> Virtual recovery support
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean skipping out on your support. In The Rooms is a great place to find a virtual meeting. Check out the infographic from Recovery Research Institute for more resources. Breaking Free is also making its online services free for substance misuse organisations to help manage self isolation and social distancing.
> Private Practice Paperwork: Covid-19
In case addiction therapists need help with updating people about your practice policies in relation to Covid-19, Tamara Howell wrote some letter/email templates and had them checked by lawyers. She has also just finished a mini workbook on switching to online therapy. She offers both free.
> NAATP, the National Association for Addiction Treatment Providers:
NAATP has published information on Covid-19 as it relates to rehabs: Message from CEO and Keep calm and carry on. Its next webinar on Covid-19 implications for rehabs will be held 24 March.
> Covid-19 plan for therapists
There are real questions coming up for therapists in private practice related to being prepared. The founders of ZynnyMe offer comprehensive Covid-19 advice for therapists.
> 65 free work tools to help you through the Covid chaos
Many of these are usually paid but have been made free of charge until end June – eg, Zoom, Slack, Support.com, LogMeIn, Office 365, Hootsuite and more.
> This can be our finest hour – let’s show the world what recovery is!
“For many of us in recovery, this is not the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time when our worlds crashed down around us. Every one among us faced immobilizing fear and found our way back into life. We know about overcoming adversity, resilience and service to others. There are few communities better prepared to do the next right thing,” William Stauffer inspires.
> Royal College of Psychiatrists:
Information for psychiatrists and other professionals working in mental health settings.
> CQC inspectorate:
Routine inspections are suspended in response to coronavirus outbreak.
> NHS England:
The latest general information on Covid-19.
The latest advice from Public Health England and other government agencies on Covid-19 as well as specific information for healthcare professionals, residential treatment settings, and more.
> Drugs which “could be effective in treating coronavirus”
Japanese patients treated with Avigan/favipiravir were found to turn negative for Covid-19 after a median of 4 days, rather than naturally turning negative in 11 days without it. Also: What are Remdesivir and chloroquine?
> 10 lessons from eating disorder treatment I can use while self-isolating
“I don’t handle uncertainty well. I’m not great at regulating my emotions when I’m alone. I have dissociative identity disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Add to that a history of a severe eating disorder and autoimmune illnesses and you might understand my panic aboutCovid-19 and isolation.” So how does Jackie Armstrong cope?