We all need to do our part to slow down and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus /COVID 19. There are simple things you can do:
*Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to wash all fingers including your thumb, the spaces in between, the top and palm surfaces.
*Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth and face. The Coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets and can enter the body through these ways.
*Cover cough and sneezes with a tissue. Throw out and don't keep or re-use the tissue. Then wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, use the crook of your arm at the elbow. Do not use your hands to cover a sneeze.
*Avoid unnecessary travel, even locally.
*Do not share food. Cook your own meals if possible.
*Do not travel on public transportation, unless necessary.
*Disinfect your space regularly especially door knobs that are used to enter or leave your home. (The CDC has recommendations on the appropriate use of disinfectants and bleach. Check out "How to Protect Yourself" on cdc.gov)
*Avoid unnecessary social interactions. No playdates, parties, or visiting friends and family. Follow State and Local mandates. They are changing daily!
The hardest part of all of this is practicing social distancing. We are naturally social beings. We love the high-fives, handshakes, and friendly hugs. This is where we can all help. We need to slow the transmission of the virus. Even though your children will most likely have less severe symptoms, we need to prioritize the health and safety of members of the community, including senior citizens, neighbors,and friends with health conditions. Our collective efforts will have a massive impact on the trajectory of the Coronavirus. It seems extreme but we are doing this to protect each other and those most vulnerable.
With that being said, take time to care for yourself and your family. Exercise by taking walks/hikes or a run outside, maintaining six feet between you and non-family members. Spring is here! Remember to take your allergy medicine if you need it prior to going out. Stay connected through the phone, video, and social media. Visit Common Sense Media.org for family friendly movies, books and advice on the appropriate use of social media. Try a group video chat with family and friends. Create a daily self care routine. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and stretching. Avoid excessive media coverage. Turn off the news after getting the daily highlights. Unfollow people and groups whose posts you find unsettling. Anxiety is not a new thing and was present prior to COVID-19. More than ever we need to take care of our children and our families. Take deep breaths and know this too will pass.