Mental Health in the time of #COVID19

We have all been feeling the stress. I can see it on the unfriendly and unhelpful comments online and in the stress from volunteers that have been at this for 65 days without a break. So this post’s focus will be on sharing resources for self-care and mental health .

We all need to find some mental tools that will help us develop resilience if we’re going to get through this emerging national tragedy and help our children and ourselves overcome our loss and find ways to move forward and thrive.

A great resource for children and their parents/caregivers is from the Nat’l Child Traumatic Stress Network. Their 5page guide provides great tips.
A GUIDE TO HELPING FAMILIES COPE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

That Discomfort You’re Feeling…. Is Grief”  an excellent article from Harvard Business Review identifying the collective sentiment being felt by those forced to #StayAtHome in some form of self-isolation

Two weeks ago the World Health Org posted a 6 page guide on: “Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During the #Covid_19 Outbreak” with information focused on different segments of populations impacted: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf

The National Alliance on Mental Health/Illness has a free helpline where you can get help, information and resources:
NAMI HelpLine Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST
(800) 950-6264

They also have this downloadable guide as a starting point: #COVID19 #CORONAVIRUS INFO & RESOURCES: https://bit.ly/3auyio2

Our last resource is the person that inspired this entire post: Eileen M. Feliciano, Psy.D. She is a clinical psychologist from NY who is sharing mental health quarantine tips with her followers on facebook here: https://bit.ly/2vYiE5v
Above and below you will see 2 of our most recent favorite self-care tips she shared. Here’s hoping your week is a better one!


#StayHome & Have Fun Despite COVID19 Lockdown

For those that want to analyze every aspect of the #coronavirus the NY Times has lifted its paywall and is tracking all aspect of COVID19: nyt.com

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/26/us/coronavirus-testing-states.html

Because its the start of the weekend we are offering entertainment resources for individuals of all ages:

Many of our volunteers were excited about these and pushed them to the front of the line. The first is for parents who need leverage or incentive for their kids to finish homework/chores, Epic Games is offering access to games for free for info visit: https://www.epicgames.com/

For aspiring or established writers, if you missed the Bravewriters Conference don’t despair, you can still replay all the sessions for free. Visit their page for a preview: https://bravewriter.com/about/homebound/homebound-conference?fbclid=IwAR1oPiM2ribTuqUmy4Q283cGZ4oc7EntJ3BkOyakh7hc2LhljoGr4Vj4PaM

For booklovers:
Many of your local libraries are offering free downloads for books and films for audiences of all ages. If your favorite book is a classic consider downloading and permanently having it on your electronic device from Project Gutenberg:
http://www.gutenberg.org/

Social Distancing may be keeping you indoors but that doesn’t mean family fun has to stop. Good Housekeeping has compiled a list of zoos and animals you can visit, and virtual rides you can try before paying the hefty price of admission.  https://bit.ly/2xr52jE

For those missing their sports or cultural event – we highly recommend you explore the following:

Finally for those needing to forget the world and who wish they could go out… the Comedy club comes to you via instagram’s “Co-Watch{ feature.
Make it a date with a love interest. For info visit: https://bit.ly/2QOWQAg

COVID19 Connecting While Social Distancing

Plan your #COVID19 weekend entertainment so you can attend virtual concerts, watch movies, etc w/friends

Below is a fun educational resource to keep children entertained while being educated: Free Audible Stories for kids of all ages to listen to from hundreds of Audible titles across six languages— so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

YouTube aims to help parents during this #Coronavirus quarantine by providing you with online educational resources:

  • Learning @ Home for young learners: https://bit.ly/2xsdJKx
  • Learning for all ages: https://bit.ly/33Nt5W1

We just discovered that Chrome has an extension you can download so you & your friends can watch Netflix remotely but together and chat: Netflix Party Makes for a great “Virtual Date” >>> https://www.netflixparty.com/

Instagram has a new Co-Watch feature that lets you share what your watching (stories, videos, or posts) with others. To learn more about how to use this feature visit:
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-co-watch-instagram-with-your-friends-in-a-video-1842493619

Join us for a concert… at an Online Music & Events Festival – a virtual music & dance festival you can watch simultaneously with thousands of old & new friends. Check out their Calendar & make your virtual group hangout plans for this weekend: https://buff.ly/2QQsNZ7

Applying for College in the Age of #COVID19

Tonight’s post is exclusively for #HighSchool students & their parents to help you #PrepareForCollege and the  #CollegeApplication process.

There are many things you can do virtually, and several of our volunteers have gathered resources to help because it’s never too early to start planning for college.

It’s important for you to know that, The College Board is developing AP Exams for 2020 that students can take from home:

  • Given May 11-22 and June 1-5
  • 45 minutes long
  • Open book/open note
  • Online (or a photo of handwritten work)
    More at: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

Some of my students began in 8th grade by searching online for areas of interests like Pre-Vet programs and what math & science classes they will be required to have to apply, so that he could make sure they take those in HS

So you’re not sure what you want to be when you grow up. That’s fine too, over 80% of students don’t decide on a career path until the middle of sophomore year at college. Use this site to learn about where your strengths and interests are best suited:
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers

Another thing you can do in the next couple of weeks is acquire new skills or improve the ones you have. For example, the study skills you have in middle school will not help you with Chemistry or Algebra. Here are 2 great resources:

If you’re a high school #junior, as you begin applying to colleges in the fall, know that recruiters will be looking at how you spent this time. We suggest you explore interests, hobbies or find ways to  give back to your community. A safe way is being a digital volunteer: https://bit.ly/2JjyHxy

Colleges will look to see 2 things from applicants:

  • how they managed their educational interruption
  • what did they do with the time they had

For the high school #writers #poets #artists & creative types among you… use this time to develop your talent. You’ll never have as much time as the present to express your thoughts and inspire others in the process. #Students share with us your talent! #Seattle #NYC #NOLA

COVID19: Homeschooling Week 3

Now that more schools have closed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we know some of you are frightened at the prospect of homeschooling while others who are about to begin their 2nd week are having a tough time with your new role as teacher, so today’s post is focused on Homeschooling.

We previously shared on these topics and you’ll find the links to those posts below:

If you’re struggling with your kids over schoolwork during this Coronavirus quarantine (like most of us are), Dr. Phil has: 8 Tips For Handling Meltdowns. See the video for context: https://shar.es/aHshAw

Advice most master teachers give new teachers when they’re first start out: “Aim for Survival, Not Perfection.” Here’s an article on how to survive the first 2 weeks and begin the process of mastering homeschooling.   

https://nypost.com/2020/03/20/tip-for-suddenly-homeschooling-parents-during-coronavirus-aim-for-survival-not-perfection/

Here’s a Webinar recording by ADDitude Magazine for those homeschooling children  with ADHD. They share great tips and strategies to help parents keep kids focused.
https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/coronavirus-homeschooling-parent-strategies/

The Three Hour Homeschool Solution show you how to maximize your child’s time so they remain focused. The post below is also packed with additional resources for you to explore. One of our volunteers uses this approach in her home with great results.
https://simplehomeschool.net/coronavirus/

Learn at Home with YouTube – is a special section developed by education experts for students (and teachers) of all ages:
There are great online lessons – either live or recorded – in all subjects at various times throughout the day. If you have an important teleconference this is how you keep your children busy.
https://learnathome.withyoutube.com/

COVID19: Pasos Preventivos para Cuidadores

Pasos Preventivos para Cuidadores y Miembros del Hogar

Si usted vive con una persona que ha sido diagnosticada o está siendo evaluada de la infección 2019-nCoV, usted debe:

  • Asegurarse de entender y poder ayudar a la persona siguiendo las instrucciones del doctor. Debe ayudarle con las necesidades básicas en la casa y ayudar con surtir los alimentos, recetas médicas y artículos de necesidad personal.
  • Solo tenga en casa a las personas esenciales para el cuidado de la persona.
    • Otros miembros del hogar deben estar en una habitación diferente o en otro domicilio. Sino es posible, intente estar lo más alejado de la persona. Use un baño separado, de ser posible.
    • Restringa las visitas no necesarias en su casa.
    • Mantenga a los mayores de edad, personas con Sistema inmune deficiente o con condiciones crónicas de salud, retiradas de la persona.  Esto incluye personas con condiciones crónicas del corazón, pulmones, y riñón.
  • Asegúrese que las áreas compartidas en la casa tengan buena ventilación de aire, como un aire acondicionado o una Ventana abierta, si el clima lo permite.
  • Lave sus manos continuamente con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos. Puede utilizar gel antibacteriano con al menos 60% alcohol, sino cuenta con agua y jabón. Evite tocar sus ojos, nariz, y boca, sin haber lavado sus manos previamente.
  • Utilice mascaras desechables, ropa y guantes, cuando toque a la persona o esté en contacto con la sangre de la persona, fluidos del cuerpo y/o secreciones, tales como sudor, saliva, moco nasal, vomito, orina o diarrea.
    • Tire las mascaras, ropa desechables, y guantes, después de usarlos. No los reúse.
    • Lave sus manos inmediatamente después de removerse la mascara,, ropa y guantes.
  • Evite compartir artículos de casa. No comparta los mismos platos, vasos, tazas, utensilios, toallas, sabanas, frisas, o cualquier otro artículo personal que este designado para la persona que se haya confirmada con tener la infección o evaluada por la infección 2019-nCoV. Después de que la persona use estos artículos, lávelos cuidadosamente.
  • Limpie todas las superficies como mesas, áreas del sanitario, teléfonos, teclados, tabletas, mesa, todos los días. También limpie las superficies que puedan tener sangre, fluidos del cuerpo o secreciones.
    • Lea las instrucciones en los productos de limpieza y sígalas al pie de la letra. Pueden incluir instrucciones como usar guantes al aplicar el producto, contar con buena ventilación mientras se use el producto.
    • Use cloro diluido como desinfectante o el desinfectante que diga en su etiqueta “aprobado EPA.” Para hacer solución clorina en casa agregue 1 cucharada de cloro en un cuarto (4 tazas) de agua. Para un recipiente más grande agregue ¼ de taza de cloro a un 1 galón de agua (16 tazas).
  • Lave detalladamente.
    • Inmediatamente remueva y lave la ropa o ropa de cama que tenga sangre, fluidos corporales, secreción o excreción.
    • Use guantes desechables mientras esta aseando los artículos. Lave sus manos inmediatamente después de remover sus guantes.
    • Lea y siga las instrucciones en las etiquetas de la ropa y detergente. Lave y seque a temperatura recomendada.
  • Coloque todos los desechables contaminados en un contenedor. Lave sus manos inmediatamente después.
  • Monitorea los síntomas de la persona. Si se enferman más, llame a su médico y comente que la persona ha sido o está siendo evaluada por la infección 2019-nCoV. Esto ayudara a su proveedor de salud a tomar los pasos necesarios para evitar que otras personas se contagien.
  • Las personas que no sigan estas precauciones están consideradas como “contactos cercanos” y deben monitorear su salud. Siga los pasos de prevención para contactos cercanos.

Pasos de Prevención para Contactos Cercanos

Si ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien que ha sido evaluado o está siendo evaluado por la infección 2019-nCoV, usted debe:

  • Monitorear su salud desde el primer día en que estuvo en contacto con la persona y continuar durante 14 días después de que tuvo el último contacto. Cuide las siguientes señales y síntomas:
    • Fiebre. Tome su temperatura dos veces al día.
    • Tos.
    • Dificultad en respirar.
    • Otros síntomas como dolor de cuerpo, dolor de garganta, dolor de cabeza, diarrea, nauseas/vomito y nariz con moco.
  • Si usted desarrolla fiebre o algunos de estos síntomas, llame de inmediato a su proveedor de salud.
  • Antes de ir a su cita médica, asegúrese de informar a su proveedor de salud. Esto ayudara al personal a evitar que otras personas se contagien.
  • Si usted no tiene ninguno de estos síntomas después de 14 dias, puede resumir sus actividades diarias como ir al trabajo, escuela o áreas públicas.

Notas al pie

1. El personal de atención médica domiciliaria debe consultar las Recomendaciones provisionales de prevención y control de infecciones para pacientes con pacientes conocidos o bajo investigación por enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) en un entorno de atención médica.

2. El contacto cercano se define como:

a) estar dentro de aproximadamente 6 pies (2 metros) de un caso COVID-19 por un período prolongado de tiempo; El contacto cercano puede ocurrir mientras cuida, vive, visita o comparte un área de espera o habitación de atención médica con un caso COVID-19

– o –

b) tener contacto directo con las secreciones infecciosas de un caso COVID-19 (por ejemplo, ser tosido).

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Página revisada por última vez: Febrero 24, 2020

Coronavirus y el Teletrabajo

Para muchas persona esta es la primera vez que trabajamos desde casa durante un período prolongado. Tal vez te parece extraño y un poco desconcertante el no tener un adulto con quient uno pueda tener una charla rápida sobre algún tema, o compartir un chiste con un compañero de trabajo. Si eres nuevo al teletrabajo tal vez te sientas como un pez fuera del agua. Compartimos este artículo porque creemos que le ayudará a aprender que tiene que hacer para tener éxito con este experimento.

Es muy importante mantenerse conectado con miembros de tu departamento, mientras trabajes de tu casa. El estar conectados nos permite ser productivos y ayuda a sentirnos acompañados. Hazte un horario de trabajo durante el día para asegurarte que no estés usando tiempo personal para el trabajo y que cuando estés trabajando estés enfocado a esas tareas.

https://thinkingwithyou.com/2020/03/10-habitos-saludables-para-trabajar-desde-casa/

Usa una plataforma de colaboración, como slack, rocketmail o discord, para colaborar con miembros de tu equipo, ya que es más fácil que trabajar por email. Estas plataformas te pueden ayudar a estar conectado como si estuvieras en la oficina.

Si tienes niños, sabemos que es casi un milagro trabajar desde casa:
Establece una rutina para todos- Haz que los niños ayuden con las tareas apropiadas para su edad. Establece un tiempo de silencio para que puedas concentrarse en el trabajo.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vivo/mamas-y-papas/20200319/474252216471/teletrabajo-conciliacion-familiar-mision-imposible.html?utm_term=botones_sociales_app

Finalmente sé paciente contigo mismo. Este es un gran cambio, incluso cuando no haya pandemia, sin dudas, esto ayudará a #FrenarLaCurva para que podamos volver a al trabajo.

Financial Help During COVID19

Resources for those who find themselves temporarily or permanently unemployed due to #Coronavirus. Tonight’s thread focuses on the 4.2 million of you who are now #unemployed. Plz KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE and that many states like #NY & #NJ are mobilizing to try and help via their State’s #COVID19 programs.

To find information on your state’s financial support program type your state’s page followed by “.gov” such as: http://nj.gov/ or http://ny.gov/

On your states’s web pages you will find information about unemployment insurance and any temporary programs they have created to support families during their time of need during a disaster.

There is also guidance available through many media outlets. For example: The NYTimes has created a financial hub with a great deal of information about unemployment, the stimulus check and other resources you might want to explore: https://nyti.ms/3ax7kfJ

The State of Washington has done a blog post and a video and posted these on their #Coronavirus site, offering guidance to residents on the stimulus bill and how to navigate this time of uncertainty, that our volunteers found helpful: https://bit.ly/3dJ5nhZ

For those who actively looking for work, a word of advice: If you haven’t done so already, set up a home office asap (https://wapo.st/2xxHiu6), as you will be doing interviews remotely no matter what your job title is.

As some of you prepare to possibly transition to new jobs, you will need to practice on how to interview remotely; here are some good tips on how to interview in this new environment: https://cnb.cx/2xE547

COVID19: Recursos Para Ayuda

#CORONAVIRUS EN ESPAÑOL: Recursos Oficiales

La situación del COVID19 coronavirus, es algo que está evolucionando rápidamente en todo el mundo a medida que más países anuncian infecciones. Esta página fue creada para vincular a las personas con recursos gratuitos en la web, que lo ayudarán a navegar esta crisis.

Google esta ofreciendo recursos de aprendizaje a distancia para escuelas afectadas por COVID-19. Para los educadores y administradores de TI que se preparan para posibles cierres de escuelas, o que actualmente se enfrentan a ellos, aquí hay algunas maneras de involucrar a los estudiantes a través del aprendizaje a distancia. Para mas información visite este enlace:

Frena la Curva – es una Red ciudadana de autoayuda contra el #COVID19. Es una colaboración de ciudadanos, educadores, profesionales y otros que recolectan recursos útiles durante esta crisis. Ellos cubren muchos temas, incluyendo:

  • Cultura
  • Educación
  • Para familias
  • Trabajo
  • Para su comunidad

Si vives en lost Estados Unidos y necesitas ayuda para encontrar alimentos, pagar facturas de vivienda u otros servicios esenciales, utilice El Sitio 211 para obtener ayuda. Cuando llegues allí, primero haga un clic en el botón de “Idioma”, en la parte superior derecha de la página, y seleccione “Spanish” para traducir este sitio web para a “Español”.

COVID19 & Social Distancing

You probably have heard a lot about Social Distancing lately, which is the amount of physical space we maintain with other individuals during social interactions. Do you want to know why we talk so much about #SocialDistancing in order to #FlattenTheCurve?

Because the coronavirus spreads very easily through social contact, like through handshakes. But the most effective way we spread viruses is when we cough or sneeze, because then we spread tiny droplets through the air and onto surfaces. The graph below shows how contagious #COVID19 is in comparison to other viruses.

If we personally engage in creating a social distance between ourselves and others then we can #SlowTheSpread of #COVID19 and create an impact in our own social circle by not getting friends and family sick and at the same time reducing your own risk of getting sick.

We can #SlowTheSpread of #COVID19 by using the following social distancing measures:

  • Reducing the number of people around you throughout your entire day
  • Staying home, even when you feel well.
  • When you’re out, keep at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Using alternative means of social interaction such as:
    video chat, text or phone calls to connect with friends and family members.

And for the #ASL community here’s a video about Social Distancing #StayAtHome#FlattenTheCurve

So what happens if we don’t do our part to stop the spread? Simple our loved ones can get sick. Yes you can be responsible for infecting those you love. And for those who are over 60, or even those who are younger, and who have:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease or respiratory issues
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • or are immune compromised

the results can be deadly, as the fatality rate for these individuals is higher than the regular population, as shown in a an earlier study:

Aside from the high fatality rate for certain age groups and health conditions, there’s another important reason why state health officials want everyone to stop the spread. Imagine the following scene: in NYC health officials are projecting over 1 million individuals will get seriously ill requiring hospitalization. If residents don’t all cooperate and practice social distancing or self-isolation to #slowthespread then the graphic below indicates what will happen: hospitals become overwhelmed and people will die from either lack of medical intervention or intervention that is too late. This is exactly what we are seeing in Italy at the moment.

On March 20th, 2020, The country of Italy exceeded the total number of deaths (4,032) that occurred in Mainland China (3259), during that country’s 3 month battle with #COVID19.