COVID-19 Resource Center

August 20, 2020 - COVID-19 MYTHS

While social media certainly has its benefits, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that it has been a powerful source of spreading MYTHS related to COVID-19.  A few of those myths are below:

  • MYTH #1: Spraying chlorine or alcohol on the skin kills viruses in the body.

    Applying alcohol or chlorine to the body can cause harm, especially if it enters the eyes or mouth. Although people can use these chemicals to disinfect surfaces, they should not use them on the skin.  These products cannot kill viruses within the body.

     
  • MYTH #2: Only older adults and young people are at risk.

    COVID-19 can infect people of any age. However, older adults and individuals with preexisting health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, are more likely to become severely ill.

     
  • MYTH #3: Children cannot get COVID-19.

    So far, most cases have been in adults, but children are not immune. In fact, preliminary evidence suggests that children are just as likely to contract it, but their symptoms tend to be less severe.

August 2, 2020 - Four Important Principles

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, recently reinforced adherence to four principles that could help stop coronavirus surges happening in states. Please make sure you are practicing these principles for you own health and safety as well as for the safety of those around you.

The principles are:

  • Universal wearing of masks
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet
  • Typical hand hygiene

June 27, 2020 - Don't Let Your Guard Down

As shopping malls and other nonessential businesses begin to open, don’t let your guard down because COVID-19 is still very much alive.  That means social distancing, face coverings, hand sanitizing, and other safety protocols should continue, perhaps even increase, as contact with those outside of your home increases.

And while there's nothing most of us would rather do more than rush out and give the senior citizens and immunocompromised friends in our lives a big, warm hug, please resist the temptation. Remember they are still a high-risk population and we want to keep them safe until more is known about this virus, and/or a vaccine is available. 

June 23, 2020 - Sleeping Well During the COVID-19 Outbreak

With such unprecedented changes coming on so quickly, it is understandable that the importance of sleep is flying under the radar. But as we work to remain healthy in a time of COVID-19, focusing on sleeping well offers tremendous benefits. Sleep is critical to physical health and effective functioning of the immune system. It is also a key promoter of emotional wellness and mental health, helping to beat back stress, depression, and anxiety. Below are a handful of steps that can promote better sleep during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Set Your Schedule and Routine:  Establishing a routine can facilitate a sense of normalcy even in abnormal times. It is easier for your mind and body to acclimate to a consistent sleep schedule, which is why health experts have long recommended avoiding major variation in your daily sleep times.
  • Incorporate Steady Routines:  These can provide time cues throughout the day and include things like  showering and getting dressed even if you are not leaving the house; eating meals at the same time each day; and blocking off specific time periods for work and exercise.
  • See the Light:  Exposure to light plays a crucial role in helping our bodies regulate sleep in a healthy way. As you deal with disruptions to daily life, you may need to take steps so that light-based cues have a positive effect.  If you can, spend some time outside in natural light. Even if the sun is not shining brightly, natural light still has positive effects. Open windows and blinds to let light into your home during the day.  
  • Be Careful with Naps:  If you are home all day, you may be tempted to take more naps. While a short power nap early in the afternoon can be useful to some people, it is best to avoid long naps or naps later in the day that can hinder nighttime sleep.
  • Stay Active:  It is easy to overlook exercise with everything happening in the world, but regular daily activity has numerous important benefits, including for sleep. If you can go for a walk while maintaining a safe distance from other people, that is a great option. If not, there is a wealth of resources online for all types and levels of exercise.
  • Practice Kindness and Foster Connection:  It might not seem critical to your sleep, but kindness and connection can reduce stress and its harmful effects on mood and sleep.
  • Watch What You Eat and Drink:  Keeping a healthy diet can promote good sleep. Be cautious with the intake of caffeine, especially later in the day, as it can disrupt the quantity and quality of your sleep.
     

June 16, 2020 - Tips When Grocery Shopping 

Remember the days when you could head to the grocery store on a whim or craving? These days, the coronavirus (has made grocery shopping a carefully thought out, detailed excursion.  If you have not already, at some point you may need to venture out to get our essential items from the grocery store.  Keep the following in mind as you plan your trips to the grocery store:

  • Minimize Your Trips to the Store:  Limit how often you go and use your trips wisely. Remember, every time you go into a store it is exposure to an enclosed space, which is a breeding ground for the virus.
  • Wear a Face Covering and Do Not Touch Your Face:  Wearing a face mask protects other people from you and vice versa. We know there’s evidence that you can spread the virus to others without even showing symptoms. Wearing a mask can cut down on that risk. It is also a visual reminder to practice social distancing and to not touch your face. And do not forget that most establishments require you wear a mask.
  • Designate One Person to Grocery Shop: If you can, limit one person to do the grocery shopping in your house, especially to avoid high-risk people in your household having to go out. You might be tempted to bring the whole family because after all, everyone is cooped up. But it is best if one person goes to limit exposure in the store.
  • Limit the Surfaces you Touch:  Now’s not the time to be picking through every piece of produce or digging in clearance bins. Take note of the items you are shopping for, carefully look for them and try to only touch what you need.
  • Shop Quickly and be Efficient: Know what items you need before heading into the store. This way you have a plan and are not just perusing the aisles aimlessly, which can increase your exposure.

 

June 14, 2020 - Dealing with Loss

Reaching out when someone loses a loved one is more important than ever given that COVID-19 prevents us from comforting those grieving in the way we are used to doing.  In the absence of visits and warm embraces, there are many other ways to offer hope, support, and healing during times of loss:

  • Be You: Stay true to yourself and your relationship with the griever, and both of you will feel more at ease.
  • Be Present: Let the griever feel whatever he or she feels without judgement.
  • Share a Memory: If you knew the deceased, share a favorite story or memory of him or her.
  • Lend a Hand: Offer to help in specific ways, such as helping prepare meals, mow the lawn, or run errands.
  • Send a Hand Written Note: Your words, however simple or few, can serve as tangible reminders of the support and hope for the bereaved.
  • Avoid Clichés: Try not to use phrases that minimize the griever’s loss, “like it was for the best” or “you will be okay”.
  • Be Patient:  There is no timeline for grieving, so don’t pressure the griever to “move on”, or “get over the loss”. Allow them time to grieve, feel, and heal,
    however long it may take 
    will feel more at ease.

Remember that the loss of a loved one is difficult during any season, but even more difficult during COVID-19.

June 7, 2020 - Staying in Touch

Even though we must limint our face-to-face interaction, communication with your loved ones during the COVID-19 Pandemic is more important than ever.  Fortunately we live in an age where there are numerous options for staying connected including. Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Considering connecting with loved ones via:

  • Telephone, including Facetime
  • E-mail
  • Text messages
  •  Mailing letters or cards
  • Video chat
  • Social media
  • Drive by’s with signs, waves and air kisses

Check in with your loved ones often during this difficult time. Being "alone" doesn't mean you have to be "lonely."
 

June 5, 2020 - Coping with Stress

Ways to cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media, hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body, take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly and get plenty of rest.
  • Make time to unwind, try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others, talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Learn and share the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of rumors. When you share accurate information about COVID-19, you can help make people less stressed, make a connection with them and help stop the stigma.

June 1, 2020 - Preventing the Spread

Limiting exposure is the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID–19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily with a diluted bleach solution, and alcohol with at least 70% alcohol or EPA registered household disinfect. 

Keep your distance:

  • Follow local mandates for self-isolation, sheltering in place, etc., to protect members of your families and community.
  • Limit unnecessary interaction and avoid close contact with people, putting at least six feet between yourself and others.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with members of your household.
  • Use masks in public places if/when recommended by health authorities.

Keep on top of it:

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, stay away from others, call your doctor. Symptoms are: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 
  • Wear a face mask, cover your cough and sneeze, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek immediate medical attention if you develop emergency symptoms.
  • Let’s work together to protect our selves and our communities, by following three simple CDC recommended steps.