IDSA Joins HHS We Can Do This COVID-19 Treatment Campaign
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is honored to partner with the Department of Health and Human Services on its We Can Do This campaign aimed at encouraging and assisting physicians and other health care providers to talk with at-risk patients about COVID-19 treatment benefits and the importance of rapid diagnosis and treatment (test to treat) options by providing them with plain-language, patient-focused tools.
The materials provided through the campaign will be available in English and Spanish and will guide discussions between providers and patients about who is at high risk for severe disease from COVID-19, who should seek medical care at the first sign of infection, the importance of rapid treatment in decreasing the risk of hospitalization and death and how to prevent the spread of infection.
“Infectious diseases doctors have been on the front lines since the earliest days of COVID-19, working side by side with other health care providers to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infections,” said IDSA President Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA. “Despite declining rates of infection, COVID-19 is still a concern, particularly with the emergence of new variants. This campaign will help providers communicate with patients, especially those at high risk, about how important it is to seek treatment right away.”
IDSA will share the We Can Do This campaign resources and messages with its network of infectious diseases providers and other front-line health care workers via its website, newsletters, social media channels and on its COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network to provide up-to-date tools and resources to clinicians working to win the fight against COVID-19. The campaign will run through the end of March.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at https://www.idsociety.org/.
About the We Can Do This campaign: We Can Do This is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of being up to date on COVID vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the Campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their health and COVID, including steps to protect themselves and their communities. The effort is driven by communication science and provides tailored information for at-risk groups.