Health and Wellness Update #6 from Dr. Valentino

Source: National Hemophilia Foundation

I know many of you are overwhelmed with often-conflicting information on coronavirus and COVID-19. As a doctor and researcher, the health of the bleeding disorder community is my highest priority. Every Thursday, I will be sending you vetted, trusted information about the pandemic and information you can use to keep you and your family safe. This information will also be posted on the NHF website at

If you have specific questions about COVID-19, please send them to NHF and I will do my best to address them in the next issue.

What People With Bleeding Disorders Should Know
Join us on Friday, April 24th at 6:00pm ET for NHF’s townhall webinar: Staying Active: Coping During COVID-19.  Physical activity is important during this pandemic for adults and children. Kimberly Baumann, PT, MPT, a Physical Therapist from the University of Minnesota Health – Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, Lora Joyner, MS, PT, PCS, a Physical Therapist and Hemophilia Treatment Center Coordinator at East Carolina University, and Leonard Valentino, MD, CEO of NHF will discuss strategies to keep physically active, the importance of physical activity for people with bleeding disorders, and strategies for both adults and children on how to stay active when there is no access to fitness centers, physical education, and sports activities.

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Mental Health
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Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources from Mental Health America

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