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In the meantime, here is a list of resources to assist you.
Resources for Individuals
Caring for Someone at Home
This is an excellent guide for those who are caring for others. It contains information about how to avoid spreading the illness, how to monitor someone to check for onset of illness, how to care for them, and when it is ok to safely end isolation. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html
How to Assist Children
Children react differently than adults to this stressful, unfamiliar situation. Children have undergone radical life-changing events recently. They have likely switched to online school, they are isolated from their friends, and they are unable to engage in normal activities, such as attending family gatherings, experiencing birthday parties, and visiting parks and zoos. (Our local parks in Clark County are currently closed.) Help children fight feelings of isolation by scheduling virtual playdates with their friends. Have them call relatives via FaceTime.
The following guide is an excellent resource on how to help children cope and assist both you and them to remain calm. It also includes expectations of how different age groups may respond. https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
Also, one particular activity that tends to help families and children is to create a household plan. This contains valuable, specific information that the entire family can work on together. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
Some people are particularly vulnerable to stress right now, such as people with underlying health conditions, children and teens, and those with uncertain financial futures.
Many fitness centers, yoga studios, and meditation centers now offer online classes. These are also a wide variety of free classes available on YouTube. Further, the Centers for Disease Control recommends avoiding alcohol, which is a depressant and eating nutritious foods.
The Centers for Disease Control’s comprehensive guide and list of telephone numbers to call or text to assist those with who are suffering stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty is available here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Additional stress management tips are found here https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp
For assistance to those who are struggling with mental health, drug or alcohol problems related to the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, you can contact a trained counselor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746.
Help for Emergency Responders
Emergency Responders will likely have a difficult time navigating these times, whether it be through working long hours, spending time away from loved ones, and/or transitioning back to home life after it passes. The CDC offers tips on how to Emergency Responders can help themselves manage stress and self care, spot burnout and secondary traumatic stress, and manage expectations with their families when they are working long hours away from home. https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/responders.asp
Resources for Businesses
Business Owners and Employee Health
Business owners should immediately familiarize themselves and implement these steps to protect employees in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. It’s the right thing to do. Also, you will expose yourself to much less liability if you follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations. The following is a wonderful, comprehensive resource about how to deal with sick employees, reduce workplace spread, and maintain a clean and safe environment. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html
Small Business Owners and Sources of Capital
Small businesses will be hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They may face a shortage of funds, layoffs in workforce, a shortage of supplies, and difficulty communicating with customers. The Small Business Association is offering low interest loans of up to $2,000,000 to small businesses. To find out more on how to apply for a loan or to find a local lender, visit this site. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans.