The current COVID-19 pandemic is changing how our world works, educates, and socializes. We are all learning how to keep healthy, sane, and connected to each other during this difficult time. To that end, this month I won’t be writing about technology so much as sending out a few tips to help you keep connected and safe right now.
With stress and anxiety at an all time high, a dose of fresh air and sunshine can go a long way! Make sure to get out and get some sun every day. Simple short walks around the block can help you feel rejuvenated and generally happier.
Just because we all need to stay at home and away from others right now doesn’t mean that we cannot connect with each other. How can this be done?
-Social media – If you don’t have any social accounts, now is a good time to set one up. Contact your loved ones and see which they are active on and create one yourself.
-Email – Take a few minutes to write short notes to friends and family to say hello, touch base, and even request assistance if you need it.
-Phone – Give people a call!
-Text – Same with calls and emails, texting is a great way to keep in touch with quick statements.
-Video – Now is a great time to learn to use Skype or Facetime to chat with loved ones and actually be able to see them.
-Lots of small businesses are going to need your support through this pandemic if they are to survive. Most of us eat out at least once a week but currently we cannot go to restaurants, consider ordering take out or delivery from your favorite local places.
-Most grocery stores offer delivery or pick-up services for orders.
-Other places like Amazon, Costco, Target, Walmart, etc are still shipping orders from their warehouses – if you need toiletries or other items consider ordering instead of heading into a physical store.
A few general health tips:
-Stay home as much as possible.
-Call your doctor if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath) and/or a temperature above 100.4 F.
-Shield all coughs and sneezes with a tissue, elbow, or your shoulder (not your hands).
-Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot wash, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Let’s all remember to be considerate of other people and help slow the spread of this awful virus. Our best course of action is to slow how quickly the virus spreads by staying home and away from others. You can review the CDC’s guidance for more information on how you can do your part.
We are all in this together. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and remain that way. If we can help please let us know.