How to Protect Yourself and Suggested Sources for Reliable Information
During this challenging time, the need for accurate information is essential for those making decisions for their families. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is working to coordinate information from multiple credible sources and partners for use by doctors of chiropractic and their offices throughout the country. Patients and the general public are encouraged to do the same and seek out credible sources for information.
As a service to the public, ACA is also committed to clarifying misinformation related to chiropractic care that may cause confusion. For example, some claims are being made that spinal adjustments can boost immunity and decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19. While spinal adjustments are effective for a number of conditions, there is no quality evidence to support that they can improve immunity to COVID-19.
We encourage the public to become familiar with COVID-19 information and prevention strategies offered by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and other respected health organizations. We have listed several suggestions below, and will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
Chiropractic in the Media
- Fox 6, Milwaukee, WI: Can a spinal adjustment protect you from COVID-19? – featuring ACA member Dr. Keith Overland
- Wall Street Journal: Working at Home is Taking a Toll on Our Back and Necks – featuring ACA spokespersons
- New York Times: The Pandemic of Work from Home Injuries – featuring ACA spokespersons
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- How to Protect Yourself (wash hands often, avoid close contact, and more)
- If You Think You Are Sick
- What You Need to Know
- Resources for Your Community
World Health Organization
- Public Advice
- Technical Guidance and Global Research
- Scam Alerts
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Information and Resources – a comprehensive resource for those experiencing stress, anxiety and other challenges during this difficult time, with links to a wide range of mental health information and community resources.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline and Text to Talk line – from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Kids’ Mental Health
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact sheet – from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network; includes age-appropriate strategies.
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource provided by the National Association of School Psychologists
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS provides guidance for healthcare workers, such as specifics for working in nursing homes and protective mask guidance.
State and Territorial Health Department Websites
Check with your state health department for procedures for testing and other updates. Click here for links to health departments in all 50 states, 8 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.