The Tourette Association and COVID-19

Like everyone else, the Tourette Association of America is closely monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it relates to TAA staff, volunteers, constituents and programming. The health and safety of our community are of the utmost importance to us.

If you have not already we encourage you to familiarize yourselves with recommendations to protect against getting and spreading COVID-19.  You can find the information here: CDC Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you have a fever in the last 24 hrs do not come to work.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Resources and Information for the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder Community

Download the ‘What is TS Brochure‘ and other comprehensive resources.