Updated March 19, 2020 at 1:50 pm eastern time
The Association of Schools and Colleges (ASCO) is continuing to monitor the public health threat from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our 23 schools and colleges of optometry across the country and Puerto Rico are doing the same. Each institution is following their state’s recommendations and individual protocols regarding this threat. To ask questions specific to an institution, please reach out to them directly.
A statement from The Accreditation Counsel of Optometric Education, the accrediting body for optometry schools, can be read here.
Below are some valuable resources and information that we hope you will find helpful. We may update this list. Please revisit this page often.
We will post to our Twitter (@optometriced) and Facebook feeds updates as well.
Where Can I Get the Most Up-To-Date Information?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Up-to-date general information on what you should know about the virus, status updates, FAQs, and guidance.
World Health Organization: Global information related to COVID-19.
Directory of local health departments (https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory)
State Department Travel Advisories (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/)
How to keep in touch with local U.S. Embassies while on travel – Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/step/)
For information/updates on licensure examinations, visit the website of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry: https://www.optometry.org/
Information from the Veterans Administration:
What are the best ways to Prevent and Prepare?
Visit cdc.gov for the most recent general updates.
Practice everyday actions to promote good health and prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Build a preparedness kit for your home in case you are sick with any respiratory virus and need to stay at home. Examples include:
- Pain relievers, fever reducers, decongestants, and cough drops.
- Alcohol–based hand sanitizer.
- Facial tissues, paper products.
- Nonperishable food.
- Extended supply of prescription medications.
- Diapers or pet supplies if needed.
There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but you should get a flu shot — it’s not too late. It will not prevent COVID-19, but getting a flu shot will help keep you and your loved ones healthy as we continue to see widespread flu.