Guidance for direct service providers
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      Direct Service Providers (DSPs) include personal care attendants, direct support professionals, paraprofessionals, therapists, and others. They provide a wide variety of home and community-based, health-related services that support people with disabilitiesexternal icon. Services provided may include personal care, activities of daily living, access to health services, and more. DSPs have close and consistent contact with people with disabilities and those providing healthcare support services in day and residential programs for people with disabilities. DSPs are considered to be in the same general risk category as health care personnel. DSPs are essential for the health and well-being of the people they serve. DSPs should be aware of how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads, risk factors, and prevention actions.
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      What do Direct Service Providers for people with disabilities need to know about COVID-19? -- How can I protect myself and the people I work with? -- What if my client or someone they live with has been exposed to COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19, or tests positive for COVID-19? -- What if I become sick or am exposed to someone who has COVID-19? -- Are my clients at increased risk for becoming infected or having severe illness from COVID-19? -- How can I cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic?.
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