J Am Acad Audiol 2020; 31(07): 469-470
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715813
Editorial

Slow the Spread of COVID-19—and Get your Audiology CEUs at the Same Time

Erin Piker
1  Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
,
Gary P. Jacobson
2  Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
,
Devin L. McCaslin
3  Department of Audiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
,
Kathie Felix
4  Managing Editor, American Academy of Audiology, Reston, Virginia
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Gary P. Jacobson
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Devin L. McCaslin

In light of the outbreak of the respiratory disease now referred to as COVID-19, our nation has learned about what the terms “flattening the curve” and “social distancing” mean.

There is no question that, since January, those of us working in the health care industry have had to make some tough decisions and reinvent our practices in response to this pathogen. This is because the infection spreads by coughing, sneezing, or coming in contact with a surface that has the virus on it and then touching the eyes or mouth. The handshake is to be avoided, teleworking has become the new normal, and we are trying to educate our children at home while at the same time doing conference calls.

In order to stop the spread of this infection, healthy people need to avoid being exposed to infected people. Experts are recommending that we not leave our homes, “shelter in place,” and avoid large gatherings. Of course, our professional meetings fall into the category of large gatherings and, in addition to not being able to catch up with friends and classmates, we are also unable to attend lectures, learn, and obtain our required continuing education units (CEUs).

Although there are many online opportunities to obtain your CEUs, there is one path that is readily available to members of the American Academy of Audiology that can be taken from anywhere. The Academy's eAudiology program incorporates several ways to earn CEUs online, including the JAAA CEU program.



Publication History

Publication Date:
02 September 2020 (online)

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