COVID-19 Resources Page

by | Apr 6, 2020 | Chapter News, NAAAP Blog, National News | 0 comments


(updated May 18, 2020)

All NAAAP national and chapter in-person events were suspended on March 30 and made virtual if possible.

NAAAP’s 2020 Leadership Convention has been postponed until Aug. 19-21. 2021 and will take place in Washington, D.C.  The NAAAP team is currently researching and planning for virtual events on Aug. 20-22, 2020 including speakers and a career fair. 


Most of us are fortunate to be able to work from home, stay safe, and care for our families. But many others are essential workers in hospitals, banks, or infrastructure or construction trades.  Some people have lost their job or are furloughed, feel stressed or overwhelmed by the changes.  Everyone wants reliable sources of information.

NAAAP is working with dozens of other national organizations to provide the best information resources for our members and their communities. You might have to hunt through our lists and reference in order to find what you want and share with your loved ones and others in your community.

This page will change and grow, based on new information and newly translated documents.  If you have any additional information we can add, please let us know by sending it to [email protected]   We will update this page when new resources become available.  Thank you and stay safe!

In-language (non-English) Health Information

In-language information about Coronavirus

Health Information for Older Population, Hard of Hearing

 COVID-19 Health Information for special populations

Resources for working from home, staying connected

Working virtually relies on digital connection, videoconferencing, internet access, ergonomically correct workspace, and a productive environment.  Here are our favorite resources.

  • Free online meeting or instruction via “Basic” version of Zoom.  Unlimited time for 1-to-1 or up to 40 minutes for 3 or more people.
  • Cisco’s response to COVID-19 is to offer free Webex accounts for 90 days.
  • Facebook Live is a good way to record and broadcast speakers who can take questions virtually.
  • Podcasting (storytelling, interviews, etc.) is available with online editing features through Soundtrap which provides one month free trial. NAAAP Pride uses Libsyn.
Exercise, Stress Management, Ergonomics
  • Resetting your break with Box Breathing Method 
  • Meditation Practice videos from Mayo Clinic
  • Ten days to improved flexibility video
  • Free Online resources for various levels including beginners in Yoga, TaiChi (coming),  Safe Outdoor Cycling
  • List of 50 free online Fitness Classes (higher intensity)
  • An ergonomically correct Work From Home (WFH) space boosts productivity and reduces pains. (Read more)
  • Ergonomics in your workspace (Pictures and suggestions)
    • 1. Align your eyes with the top of your screen. Use a stack of books to elevate the screen.
    • 2. Support your back.  Keep your shoulders back, place a cushion at lower back for support, and back of knees supported by the seat.  Feet should not dangle, feet should touch the floor or a footrest.
    • 3. Keep your elbows at a 90-110 degree angle and wrists straight.
    • 4. Establish a happy working routing like 45 minutes work seated and 15 minutes walking and stretching.
  • WFH stretches courtesy of the L.A. Times.
  • Light reading: Kuchisabishii (lonely mouth), shinrinyoku (forest bathing), corona butori (a bit plump) are Japanese words popularized during the global pandemic. 
Econonmic Relief for Small Businesses

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) created and promotes three Federal programs for small businesses. One of NAAAP’s partners, National ACE, has a small business emergency resource hub [] with information in various Asian languages.

  1. Payroll Protection Program (PPP) – The National Asian Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship has posted multi-lingual fact sheets on PPP     PPP provides funds to cover 2.5 months of payroll for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.  The loan is forgiven (turned into a grant, upon request of the small business) if at least 75% of the loan is dedicated to payroll.  Otherwise, the loan is offered at a very low interest rate.  
  2. Loan Forgiveness Update (dated June 15, 2020): The Small Business Administration revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.    
    Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application. (The  EZ Application may be used by small businesses that
    • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
    • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
    • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%. 

    Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.  

  3. Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – for utilities, rent, and other expenses. This is a low interest loan. Dept of Treasury Fact Sheet  | Application | Alternative Language Fact Sheets
  4. The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months and new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to Sep. 27, 2020. Read more…
  5. Relating to the PPP #1 above.  On May 15, 2020, the Department of Treasury issued the 11-page loan forgiveness application with instructions.  You are not able to apply for forgiveness until 56 days after you have received your PPP disbursement (payment).  More guidance is expected from the Department of Treasury, SBA, and NAAAP’s partners soon.
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Stay at home, safer at home resources

Added April 26…

Stay-at-home orders (state-by-state interactive map)  97% of the U.S. population is ordered to stay at home.

CNN’s tool for state-by-state reopening businesses



Face Masks and Face Coverings (Make your own)

The CDC recommends using a face mask or covering when in public spaces. [CDC webpage]

Do Face Masks Work? [article in US News & World Report]

CDC: Difference between a surgical mask and N95 respirator

CDC: DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions

Note: The efficacy of face coverings on reducing virus transmission of aerosol varies based on structure, materials, fit, and wearing of home-made masks or coverings, and possibly humidity.  So remember to keep your six feet distance, wash hands  with soap frequently, and use your face covering.