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COVID-19, Climate CHANGE, AND Health Equity

Guidance and Resources for COVID-19, Climate Change, and Health Equity

Key Topics: 

  • State of California

    • COVID19.CA.GOV is the State of California’s official website that provides data, resources, volunteer opportunities, safety precautions, and tools for the response to COVID-19 in California.

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance and Resources

COVID-19 Community Health Data, Indicators, and Tools

  • California COVID Assessment Tool (CalCAT) is an interactive modeling tool to inform state and local response. CalCAT includes: 
    • Effective reproduction number (R-effective) which is the average number of people each infected person will pass the virus onto and represents the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading.
    • Short-term forecasts that take into account the most recent trends in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths and apply statistical models to those data to generate anticipated trends in the coming two to four weeks.
    • Long-term scenarios that estimate the effect of various non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)

COVID-19, Wildfires, and Wildfire Smoke

The COVID-19 pandemic overlaps with the wildfire season in California. The populations most vulnerable to COVID-19 overlap with the populations most exposed to air pollution and its respiratory and cardiovascular effects on health. The populations may also overlap in terms of being more vulnerable to having adverse health impacts from wildfire smoke exposure (while not being more likely to be exposed to the smoke itself). Most actions that health experts recommend for protecting communities from wildfire smoke remain the same, but some special considerations need to be made during the pandemic. Information on wildfire, wildfire smoke, and COVID-19 can be found below:

COVID-19 and Extreme Heat

COVID-19, Extreme Heat, and Cooling Centers

As summer temperatures increase, extreme heat is a major public health concern in California and can lead to heat-related illness, including heat stroke and death. Cooling centers can protect health during heat events but can also potentially facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 among both staff and visitors (particularly older adults or people with underlying medical conditions).

Other COVID-19 and Extreme Heat Resources

  • Heat and COVID-19 Information Series and other resources - produced by the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN) to support governments and communities in preparing for hot weather while managing COVID-19. Resources include guidance regarding vulnerable populations, ozone and heat, health workers and heat stress, personal protective equipment and heat, and more. 

  • Webinar Recording: Health and Equity Impacts of Extreme Heat [VIDEO] - Arizona State University School of Sustainability hosted a discussion to address the disproportionate health impacts of extreme heat on communities already facing social and health inequities, and the need to manage multiple concurrent emergencies in the context of COVID-19.

COVID-19, Natural Disasters, and Severe Weather

COVID-19, Evacuations, and Emergency Transfers

COVID-19 and Disaster Shelters

COVID-19 and Indoor Air

COVID-19 and Local Emergency Preparedness

COVID-19 Guidance for Environmental Health Practitioners
  • CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Environmental Health Practitioners - developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides guidance around congregate facilities and shelters, cleaning and disinfection, food safety, water safety, solid waste and debris, natural disasters, wildfires, and air quality, and more.

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