In the wake of COVID-19, we’ve made it a priority to monitor recent developments, share new findings and support Americans with the science-based information and resources you can trust. The American Lung Association’s virtual COVID-19 Summer Town Hall Series is bringing top health experts together to raise awareness about the effects of COVID-19 and discuss the health impact of the pandemic on all Americans. Hosted by National President & CEO Harold Wimmer, the live-streamed series will cover topics including COVD-19 testing, air quality and COVID-19 and mental health. Learn more about each Town Hall below and register to join us live or receive a link to a recording.

Air Quality and COVID-19: Connections, Health Impacts, and Racial Disparities

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: 3 p.m.-4 p.m. CT

This webinar will discuss the preliminary implications of findings that suggest higher rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality in individuals who have faced long-term exposure to poor air quality (PM 2.5). It will also focus on the findings that communities of color, especially African Americans, are especially at risk from the health impacts of both air pollution and COVID-19. Speakers will include both health experts and environmental justice leaders working to combat these synergistic health threats.

 

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Town Halls

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Spatial Distancing, not Social Distancing

Wednesday, August 12, 2020: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CT

The limiting of face-to-face contact with others has helped reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Yet the physical distancing required to keep the virus at bay may invite unwanted emotions such as loneliness, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. Join us as top experts review coping strategies and techniques to manage your mental health while maintaining your physical health.

Watch Recordings of Prior Town Halls

Demystifying Testing for COVID-19

Juanita Mora, M.D.
National Spokesperson, American Lung Association

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19; a viral test which tells you if you have a current infection while an antibody test tells you if you had a prior infection. Across the country, there are differences in how states are rolling out testing procedures, discrepancies in who has access to get tested and misinformation about what the test results mean. Join us as top experts review testing trends, what those results mean, and opportunities on the horizon.

The COVID-19 Town Hall Series is part of our COVID-19 Action Initiative, sharing resources and support to all Americans.

Page last updated: July 6, 2020

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