COVID-19 update – A newsletter

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Parent and Family Coalition members and friends, Are you looking for tips on how to talk about COVID-19 with a loved one?

 by  biomedical researcher and educator network

While several information memos have come out to help with how we should handle the Corona virus epidemic, no information memos have reached me about how to explain this to those we care for. So, as a former biomedical researcher and educator, here is a starting point.

A) There is a bad sickness going around. It can make some people very ill. You don’t need to be scared, but you do need to be careful. There are things you can do. There are things you should not do.

B) The best way to protect yourself and others are to the 1-2-3-4’s of disease prevention.

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash.
  2. Don’t touch your face, eyes, or mouth. If you need to cough or sneeze, use a tissue and then throw it away into the trashcan.
  3. Give everyone around you lots of space. This is called social distancing. You don’t want to share anyone else’s germs!
  4. If you do get sick, let someone know and stay home. If you follow the 1-2-3-4’s of disease prevention you will be a public health superhero!

C) Lots of our folks are taught to shake hands, fist bump, and high five as a socially appropriate way of greeting. At the current time, these are NOT going to be well received. Instead, explain to your client or loved one that a small wave is a better greeting option.

D) Many community programs are being cancelled due to the coronavirus spread. Let folks know this is to help keep people safe. Help your loved one develop a small of list of activities to help them stay busy. (My daughter is keeping busy with art projects, working with her dog, trying out new recipes, and beginning to plan her spring garden.) E) If folks do need to go out into the community for work or necessities, consider going at nonpeak times, often 10 am to noon and again between 1 and 2 pm.  Consider using online library resources, grocery delivery services, and online entertainment. Visit parks when they are less crowded.

Above all: Keep safe. Stay healthy. And enjoy all the days of your life.

I hope this helps. Dr. Julie Ann Avila Anni’s mom

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