Covid-19 Additional Information & Resources

Symptom Chart

--As of 9-14-2021--

Is it Covid, or just a cold? Since colds and the flu often have symptoms that are similar to Covid infections, health agencies have compiled this chart to provide an overview that is helpful in evaluating each of these conditions.

Adapted and Accessible COVID-19 Resources

--As of 2-5-2021--

The Center for Inclusive Design at Georgia Tech has created many adapted and accessible versions of the CDC's COVID-19 guidance resources. These resources are organized by accessibility type including:

  • Braille
  • Accessible Word Documents and PDFs
  • ASL Resources (coming soon)
  • Simplified Text

These resources are available here:

Emergency Warning Signs for Non-Verbal Persons

Emergency warning signs for COVID-19

Get medical attention immediately for these emergency warning signs:  

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Autism Connection of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Elizabeth Spaar, developed signs of shortness of breath to look for if someone is not able to communicate or is non-verbal:

  • Lethargy or unusual tiredness
  • Panting or loud breathing
  • Sucking in (retraction) at base of throat while inhaling
  • Sucking in (retraction) at the ribs, also during inhale
  • Belly breathing - seeing the stomach extended more than usual on inhale
  • Stomach muscles tensing while trying to push air out
  • Longer time to exhale than inhale
  • Tripod stance (leaning over with hands on knees)
  • Bluish nail beds or lips
  • Change of mental status/confusion

More information can be found at the CDC’s website

Additional Resources

The Barber National Institute continues to monitor all updates from the CDC or PA State and local County Health Departments and will communicate any new information or recommendations.

We appreciate all of the efforts of our staff and families to encourage good infection control practices.

Additional resources for information:

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You

Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Program UpdatesOnline Learning Activities