COVID19: Homeschooling Week 4

Parents, by now you have settled into homeschooling rhythm and have helped your children cope with many changes. #KidsHealth wants to make sure you take care of yourself during #Coronavirus #selfisolation and has suggestions on the Parents section: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-calm.html

Some of the tools to relieve your #COVID19 stress and #coronavirus anxiety can be shared with your children and done together:

Would your child like a virtual pet? The Friendly Felines of the Philbrook Museum’s Garden Center is looking for a few pen pals and some new friends. See link below for info and cats profiles: https://philbrook.org/visit/philbrook-gardens/garden-cats/

The National Weather Service is hosting weather science webinars geared towards 4th, 5th & 6th grades for the states of
#Florida #Georgia #SC #NC #VA #MD #DE #COVID19
https://twitter.com/NWSNHC/status/1251129740779495425?s=20

Google Chrome has partnered with a number of companies to offer free distance learning tools for students and educators during #COVID19: Education: https://chromebookapphub.withgoogle.com/distancelearning… Make Music: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

Check out our other Homeschooling posts for additional resources:


Small Business Resources During COVID19

Small businesses are the economic backbone throughout the US. Many are struggling to survive and may not get through this #shutdown. So tonight we’ve gathered resources in the hope of helping them get through this time.

The key to any business survival this year is having an online presence.  For those businesses who do not yet have a full online presence Yahoo Small Biz is hoping to make the transition easier by offering the following free services: a website, domain name and 5 email addresses for a year. To learn more visit: https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/businessmaker/payitforward

Inc Magazine has a list of Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for #SmallBusiness Owners Hit by #COVID19. Link: https://bit.ly/2K4mGN1

The US Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Inc Magazine for virtual Town Hall Webinars to help answer questions on the Stimulus Plan and share information about innovative programs that small businesses might be eligible to apply for.
https://www.inc.com/stimulus-2020-qa?icid=hmhero

ICIC has developed a #SmallBusiness Resource Center to help businesses during the #COVID-19 Crisis. They have identified hundreds of resources from national to local opportunities and keep the list updated so please follow and visit their page: https://twitter.com/icicorg/status/1248665336678842371?s=20

Make sure you subscribe to your state’s #SmallBusiness Administration (SBA) for information on financial grants, networking or webinars, such as the one below: https://twitter.com/TexasEconDev/status/1250120848008192001?s=20

The US Chamber of Commerce has created a state guide to bring you the best resources and information to help  #SmallBusinesses navigate this challenging time. Visit them here to access:
https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus

Women business owners can turn to Business Journal for COVID-19 financial help. They have been updating their business resource list periodically:  https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2020/04/where-women-business-owners-can-turn-for-covid-19.html?page=all

The Small Business Administration has nearly a hundred resources, tools and webinars you can access year round. They have now created a special #SBA #COVID19 Resource Page so please make sure you bookmark the page so you can return often.
Link: https://www.sba.gov/content/online-small-business-resources

Finally, Client-to-Consultant Bridge (C2CB) is a program for business owners to get assistance they need to navigate #COVID19 period. Our volunteer consultants will be available to assist businesses in their communities free of charge. https://c2cb.wildapricot.org

Financial Survival In The Time Of COVID19

Tonight’s Highlighted Resource is the #NY State Comptroller’s: #COVIDー19 Financial Survival Toolkit for #NewYorkersThe links below will offer guidance & resources to help you during this challenging time. #NYC #Nassau #Suffolk https://www.osc.state.ny.us/covid-19/financial-toolkit.htm

The NY Times developed: “A Hub for Help During the #Coronavirus Crisis” that is broad and robust enough to help residents from: Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Florida, Connecticut, Michigan. We urge you to visit and check out their #COVID19 financial resources: https://nyti.ms/3ax7kfJ

Another great #COVID19 finanical resource is the United Way’s 211 system that is used in over 80% of states in the #US. You call or visit their website to check what financial/economic #coronavirus support system is available locally and in your state: http://www.211.org/services/covid19#Resources

You can legally take steps to financially protect yourself from the impact of the #coronavirus. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the legal info you need to work with your mortgage company & creditors in order to secure #COVID19 relief: https://bit.ly/34qTHMK

Personal finance adviser, Suze Orman offers 12 money do’s and don’ts to help you survive the #financial and health crisis of #COVID19. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/suze-ormans-money-dos-donts-151204225.html

If you are unemployed or had your work reduced, you may be eligible for SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pgm. USDA really wants people to know they should see if they are eligible and apply: https://fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory

If you live in these states: NY, WA, AL, OR, AZ, CA, the US Gov’t has made arrange so that you can use your SNAP benefits to buy #food online via Amazon, Walmart and a few others. https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/04/08/arizona-and-california-added-innovative-snap-online-pilot-program

For those in immediate need of putting food on the table, we have 2 sources:-Feeding America’s website to search for addresses info for your local/county food pantries: https://bit.ly/3cdFRQn-check your local religious orgs, such as Catholic Charities for distribution info.

Community Spread Pt 2 Coronavirus COVID19 RESOURCES

Welcome to #COVID19 Info & Resources!
1) Since the World Health Org has declared #COVID-19 a global pandemic, we thought it best to share some basic info – our Coronavirus Personal Protection Page which includes a Household Pandemic Guide:
Link: http://bit.ly/39uBwY9

2) As #coronavirus spreads on its predicted course, the US has also responded with measures aimed at curbing it. Two days ago we began to help our followers in #NH #MA #FL #CA #NJ understand what #COVID19 Community Spread is and its impact via a thread: http://bit.ly/38DUYRg

3) We’ve seen how #NY & #Washington state have implemented Social Distancing measures and these were different based on how far the disease has spread in each of their communities. The Gov created a containment zone for the town of #NewRochelle with had already over 100 cases under a 1mile radius. Washington chose a number of closures/bans aimed at social distancing to stop their spread. In both cases they are a multi-layered approach that expands from voluntary to mandatory depending on the severity of the spread.
Link: https://afludiary.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-who-npi-guidance-social-distancing.html

4) These #COVID19 efforts are based on established scientific practices that have worked successfully in the past. Below is an article of a Tale of 2 Cities (Philly & St. Louis) during the Spanish Flu Pandemic and the choices they made impacted them.
https://qz.com/1816060/a-chart-of-the-1918-spanish-flu-shows-why-social-distancing-works/

5) The US has learned from how #China, #Singapore, #Hong Kong & #Italy have responded to their #COVID19 #coronavirus outbreaks & have learned from their successes and failures. The #US & #EU CDC have adjusted their guidelines accordingly.The EU CDC published them in the following publication (pgs 3-4)
LINK: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/social-distancing-measures-in-response-to-the-COVID-19-epidemic.pdf

6) All these efforts are to achieve two goals:

  • reducing the number of deaths
  • #flatteningthecurve or lessening impact
    But timing the measures is key. Timing made all the difference for #SouthKorea & #Singapore, not so much in #Italy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79XNbOmPeB4&feature=youtu.be

7) Which brings to the US. Many people are already complaining about school closures or events being cancelled. In Italy, some of the mid-level measures were not followed by communities, as a result we are seeing a repeat of scenes from Wuhan, of people dying for lack of equipment or beds
https://www.politico.eu/article/coronavirus-italy-doctors-tough-calls-survival/

8)  So if you see/hear Please Wash Your Hands & Stay home, it’s because we understand disaster response and know what will be experienced in the US in about 4 weeks if the measures in place right now are not taken seriously. So please develop the habits below NOW

Prevention measures for community spread from the City of Palo Alto

9) And also do the following:
First, locate and sign up for alerts with your state AND local health depts or Emergency Mgt to stay informed. Locate your local health department by going to: https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

10) Share these resources with friends but please don’t badger them because the more you persist they’ll resist. When they’re ready share these threads, that’s why we created them. We know there will be people who won’t listen even when they themselves are sick.
[GIF – ears covered]

11) Instead focus on you and your family and do everything you can to stay healthy and serene. Our bodies respond to stress by lowering our immune systems and making us candidates for illness. So find ways to DESTRESS!

Community Spread Pt 1 Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Preparedness Resources & Tips
Here are our most popular Coronavirus Tweet Threads on Twitter:
-Personal Protection: http://bit.ly/39uBwY9
-Understanding Community Spread: http://bit.ly/38DUYRg
You can also find related posts here –>>> https://bit.ly/2V45DB8

Today’s Topic: Community Spread Begins With You
a)The protective measures we use
b)How we interact with others in our community
c)How we interact with our environment
We’ll do a brief overview of (a) [see tweet 3]
Then we’ll move on to (b) us & our community

We’ve been covering Personal Protection since mid-February, but we’re reposting a viral tweet on how/why soap is such an effective #COVID19 tool:
https://virologydownunder.com/why-does-soap-work-so-well-on-sars-cov-2/

But as #COVID19 spreads hand washing as a Protection is 1 tool in a multi-layered strategy. Below are other measures we must take to help stop community spread in our own homes first. Those habits will help us stay healthy and avoid infection in our own community #IL #Chicago

7a) Once a contagious disease like #COVID19 spreads in a community the next most effective way of stopping it is through Social distancing. Today Chicago & NY implemented different levels of social distancing. In the video via the link below, Dr. Arwady explains Level 1
http://bit.ly/2vVdLtS

7b) In #NY, a moderate level of mitigation was not enough to curb the rapid spread of #COVID19 in #NewRockelle #NY. As a result, the Gov increased the measures to a Level 3 with many closures and to support those who lived there the Gov of New York state activated the National Guard. They will also be helping the #NewYork State Health Dept with testing logistics. Because the spread has infected hundreds and there are over two thousands more who are potentially infected and currently in quarantine, it required a more drastic measure to keep everyone safe.

8) Today was Italy’s first day using a Level 3 Mitigation strategy – a lockdown, in order to stop the spread and reduce the deaths. In the U.S. 2 cities have opted for a more limited strategy, which has been effective in #Singapore & #Vietnam. That did not work in the Northern region of Italy and so the lockdown was expanded.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51810673

9) Social distancing measures are not without emotional impact. This past week not being able to be together for religious holidays impacted many. In the linked 4 pg. fact sheet, the different measures are explained along with the emotional impacts that arise with each and there are some strategies you can use to minimize them: https://bit.ly/2K0WPFA

Understanding Community Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 + Resources

We’re posting Coronavirus information and resources daily to help you prepare and get through this emergency keeping your family safe and healthy. We’re tagging states with new #COVID19 cases today who could use this info: #OK #MO #VT #LA #HI.

Today’s Topic covers: Understanding Community Spread of COVID19

1) News of the #coronavirus #COVID-19 is everywhere, including the playground. It’s important that we talk to our kids before any members of your household get sick. The article via the link that follows, give you reassuring ways you can explain this topic to your child.

2) Personal preparedness is where we start to fight community spread of COVID19. It begins with hygiene practices at home & continues w/support from members of your community. Please share the link from the CDC w/leaders of organizations & businesses in your community:
Link: http://bit.ly/38oi5Po

3) To help you/others understand what we are dealing with I am including an article featuring 2 brand new studies about how easily #COVID19 spreads. This is meant to help you understand the new normal we are facing:
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/study-highlights-ease-spread-covid-19-viruses

4) Since #COVID19 is a new disease many community organizations are trying to navigate this new normal. The article below describes the #coronavirus is changing some practices:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/06/world/religion-modify-traditions-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

5) Why is curbing community spread important? Because Coronavirus could continue to spread into next year, but its impact could be blunted, says one CDC official.

6) How does our behavior make a difference in the spread of the Coronavirus? Dr Wiles, an infectious disease expert, walks us through the answers with illustrations:
https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/09-03-2020/the-three-phases-of-covid-19-and-how-we-can-make-it-manageable/

7) #CEDRdigital is a disaster response group that activated on 1/24 to help you prepare for this emergency while supporting state & local agencies get ready to respond to the #Coronavirus. As #COVID19 spreads we want you to know how agencies & NGOs have PREPARED for this epidemic:

8) Finally a tool that is important in any crisis is Self-care. Because this is a long drawn out event it’s important that you find ways to deal with increased stress in positive ways so you can remain healthy. Harvard Health’s tips for mini-relaxation
http://bit.ly/2TY0U2e