HCW HOSTED is a Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to facilitating community support of healthcare workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Because we can only be as healthy as the healthcare workforce that cares for us.

COVID-19 News

Vetted and collected by our Medical Anthropology & Epidemiology Team
Updated February 19, 2020
Previous COVID News posts are available in our COVID News Archive

Congratulations for completing your two COVID-19 vaccinations!

You are now protected against symptomatic disease for three months.

After receiving two COVID-19 vaccinations do you still need to wear a mask in public and around others, especially the most vulnerable?

YES absolutely. To protect others against COVID-19 infection you must mask up. For more faqs and essential bits of info on your vaccination, download our Now That You’re Vaccinated quick reference sheet (in English and Spanish).

Vaccines are not a panacea: If precautions like working remotely, limiting travel and wearing masks are relaxed too soon, it could mean millions more infections and thousands more deaths

Graph showing 29 million additional infections if restrictions are lifted in February

Graph showing 9 million fewer infections if restrictions are strengthened in February

For more on vaccines, please reference our vaccine slide deck and download our post-vaccine one-sheet to help answer “what now” after you get your vaccine.



New York Times “Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End the Pandemic” By Matthew Conlen, Denise Lu and James Glanz, Jan. 24, 2021


Why we need to be concerned about the UK (B.1.1.7) variant of the coronavirus

Coronaviruses, like other viruses, mutate as they are transmitted from person to person.

Most mutations thus far have not been observed to cause a more severe illness, but three may be more easily transmitted: variants from the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa, and Brazil.

At present, the variant from the UK is our greatest concern as it has already reached our shores.

  • B.1.1.7 is estimated to be roughly 50% more transmissible than other variants.
  • Federal health officials warn that it may become the dominant variant in the United States by March.
  • Even though it has not been indicated to cause more severe disease, it may lead to many more deaths due to it being more easily transmittable.

For this reason, the public is being advised to redouble their efforts to wear snug fitting masks (with no gaps on the sides). This holds true whether you choose to wear single or double masks. Always choose masks with adjustable side straps. In environments of heighted risk, wear a snug fitting and FDA-approved KN95 mask, if available*


New York Times, “Inside the B.1.1.7 Coronavirus Variant” By Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer, Jan. 18, 2021

Jay Park MD How to spot counterfeit (fake) N95, NIOSH, or KN95 respirator mask from China


Donor Spotlight: Kaya Dreifuss, 11

Kaya Dreifuss, the 11-year-old daughter of two of HCW HOSTED's founders, Drs. Brad and Heather Dreifuss, became the first donor to HCW HOSTED, Inc. on June 20, 2020 when she donated $67. Kaya raised the money by making and selling several lavender pouches to be given...

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Why Health Citizenship?

One of the primary roles of HCW HOSTED is advocacy for healthcare workers, broadly defined.1 High on our list, beyond advocating for support services and resources for healthcare workers, is advocating for public policies and social norms that prevent the health care...

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Combating the Pandemic Infodemic

At present, we are facing not just a COVID-19 pandemic, but also an infodemic. We are inundated with a steady flow of information about COVID-19 that often appears overwhelming. Much of the information is highly technical and packed with statistics that are difficult...

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What We Do

Since Our Founding in April 2020

We Have Provided…



A primary goal of HCW HOSTED is to provide safe quarantined housing for healthcare workers exposed to COVID-19 to reduce risk of exposure to families, loved ones, and colleagues at limited expense.

As of November 2020, we have facilitated housing for 35 healthcare workers for periods of 2 days to 5 months, providing them a safe space to live while they mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to their families. The typical stay has been 24 days.

Depending on the healthcare worker’s needs they are placed in local hotels or in homes provided by generous community members.

Emotional Support Services

HCW HOSTED offers free mental health and wellness support to healthcare workers enrolled in the program. Healthcare workers may experience significant physical, psychological, social and financial stress while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These stressors are complicated by being physically distanced from loved ones and normal routines of coping.

Healthcare workers trained in the Assisting Individuals in Crisis program through International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. and the University of Arizona Resilience in Stressful Events (R.I.S.E.) program are peer coaches who help other healthcare workers move through short term crises and to encourage and identify effective coping mechanisms.

As of November 2020, we have offered emotional support services to 51 healthcare workers.

Daily Monitoring

Every day, registered healthcare workers receive a 2-3 minute survey via text or email to check on their last work shift, COVID-19 symptoms, stress level, and sleep quality. HCW HOSTED staff check on healthcare workers when changes in their baseline daily monitoring occur.

As of November 2020, we have provided daily monitoring services to 49 healthcare workers and counting.

In the first phase of our existence, we have focused on smaller trials of services, refining our understanding of what services healthcare workers want. During this phase, we offered services to 135 Tucson healthcare workers.

We continue to offer those services locally as we develop a technological platform that can be used in communities around the globe to allow employers to contract for the services and connections in their local communities that will support the physical and emotional well-being of their employees.

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The pandemic requires a coordinated government response and pressures on the public to comply with preventive measures. Healthcare workers are risking their lives and need every help we can give in order to do the jobs they committed to, for us.

Deborah P, Connecticut
Healthcare Worker

As a Healthcare worker, I've seen the devastation Covid19 can bring. We need to band together in ALL preventative measures to keep ourselves & each other safe!!

Liz M, Pennsylvania
Healthcare Worker

We all deserve the best access to medical care and also need to hold ourselves and each other accountable for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

Shontae U, from New York
Healthcare Worker

The best way to keep everyone safe is to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and keep your contacts with people outside your circle to a minimum. If we work together, we can slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Mary Beth A., North Carolina
Government Employee

I want to keep my family, clients and others safe from this virus. I do not want the front line workers to be forgotten. I want to do my part to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a caring, responsible person should.

Brenda R, Massachusetts
Healthcare Worker

I care about my community and colleagues as much as my family. It's my RESPONSIBILITY as a citizen of this beautiful world and country to Care for others as I would myself. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers and defenders. I fight for your life at work. Please fight for mine.

Karen H, Arizona
Healthcare Worker

I support common sense planning, prevention, and policy to get COVID-19 under control. #ScienceMatters

Amit C, Virginia
Healthcare Worker

We are only going to beat this virus if everyone takes it seriously.

Anne W, Colorado
Healthcare Worker

I am a healthcare worker and people need to do the steps to keep this virus under control. Government also needs to do their part in supporting front line workers, and supporting the the thousands of Americans who are out of work due to the pandemic.

Susan H, California
Healthcare Worker

It's way past time that we get this thing under control. If some won't do their part, it makes it ever more important that the rest of us do ours.

Valerie C, Pennsylvania
Government Employee

It is important that every person and every government official work together and do everything possible to get COVID-19 under control. The government has got to step up and do everything they are supposed to do.

Sheryl S, Tennessee
Restaurant Worker

My mother in law died alone in a Covid hospital. Both my husband and I work-and have been at work at a grocery store-and routinely practice safety protocols. Dear friends are healthcare workers-and I care about the mental, physical and spiritual health of all of us.

Lisa N, Illinois
Essential Worker

Healthcare Worker Memorial

The count of U.S. healthcare workers who have died of COVID-19 keeps increasing without any sign of slowing. Documented healthcare worker deaths are...

Healthcare Voices

Many healthcare workers fear retaliation by their employers if they speak publicly about their work situations. Those voices are important and need...

HOSTED in the News

We believe in the importance of elevating heatlhcare worker concerns at the local, national, and international levels.

Health Citizen Pledge

Add your name to the Health Citizen Pledge and commit to do your part to control the pandemic.Rebecca R, Texas Business OwnerShontae U, from New...

HCW HOSTED advocates for: 1) bringing healthcare worker voices and experiences to the public’s attention,  2) providing resources to keep healthcare workers and their families safe, and 3) promoting  evidence-based policies that protect healthcare workers and the communities  they serve. We believe in elevating the voices of healthcare workers, ensuring that those voices are a prominent part of the public conversation about the pandemic.

The Healthcare Worker Memorial is both a live event that we hosted on October 11, 2020 and an ongoing digital memorial for the U.S. healthcare workers who have died of COVID-19.

Healthcare Voices is a series of short articles from frontline healthcare workers talking about their experiences in the pandemic. You are invited to add your voice to the series, anonymously or credited.

The Health Citizen Pledge is a set of concrete, actionable steps that the general public can commit to taking to get the pandemic under control–and a call to our government and elected officials to do their part.

HOSTED in the News collects local, national, and international media appearances by HCW HOSTED team members, including the New York Times, BBC Newshour, Univision, and KGUN9 Tucson.


Because COVID-19 is a new disease, information about it evolves continually. Our Medical Anthropology & Epidemiology Team reviews, evaluates, and compiles COVID-19 information as it emerges so that we can help you find current and accurate information about the pandemic.

We have categorized information into several categories for your convenience.

Staying Safe at Home and in the World covers the latest in COVID-19 prevention and management information for a general audience.

Healthcare Workers & COVID covers the mental and physical health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers.

Our COVID Overview discusses some of the most recent research on COVID-19 from evidence-based published and unpublished sources.

In Additional Resources, we provide links to other sites you may find useful.

Additional Resources

These links are to outside information and resources that have been suggested by our team.WHO COVID-19 Official CDC COVID-19 Official Arizona COVID-19 Dashboard Dear Pandemic...

COVID Overview

Because COVID-19 is a new disease, information about it evolves continually. Our Medical Anthropology & Epidemiology Team reviews, evaluates, and compiles COVID-19 information as it emerges so...

Healthcare Workers & COVID

Healthcare Workers & COVID covers the mental and physical health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers. Typically, when the term healthcare worker is mentioned the first groups...

Staying Safe At Home & In the World

Knowing what to do to prevent and prepare for COVID-19 is an important part of being a health citizen. Knowledge is power! The information below has been collected by our public health experts,...
Who We Are

We are healthcare workers & their family members, anthropologists, public health professionals, psychologists, epidemiologists, business professionals, and concerned community members.

We serve the whole healthcare team: from nurses to doctors to respiratory techs to EVS workers, CNAs, case managers, and all the healthcare team members who make frontline healthcare possible.