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The COVID Chronicles Newsletter: Edition 1

 

Overview

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with current information regarding the pandemic and to share helpful tips and strategies regarding the control of infection in your lives. COVID-19, a coronavirus,  is a respiratory illness. Common symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.

Prevention

  • Handwashing-It really matters!  Make sure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Get all parts of your hands soapy and really scrub them. If you can’t remember the last time you washed your hands, it’s been too long.  You should wash your hands especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, using the bathroom, and before eating.

  • Hand sanitizer-Can be used if you are unable to handwash.  It must be 60% alcohol.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze.

  • Don’t touch your face from the neck up.

  • Daily wipe down areas with a household disinfect that get touched by everyone-computer keyboards, door knobs, refrigerator handles, telephones, steering wheels of cars.

Visiting with Friends and Other Family

  • If it is not essential, don’t do it.  Don’t hang out with friends. Find other ways to be socially connected. Talk to your friends by phone or computer.  Virus spreads through person to person contact.

Food

  • See if your grocery store does curbside or delivery.

  • Plan meals and snacks and keep an ongoing grocery list

  • Limit visits to the grocery store

  • Designate one person to go to the store.  They should wear gloves.

Routine

  • Set up a daily schedule at home

  • Organize your work area

  • Set an alarm on your phone and wake up at the same time everyday

  • Go to sleep at the same time everyday

Answer questions your child may have

  • Keep calm and reassuring

  • Make yourself available to listen and talk with your child about the pandemic

  • Avoid language that can lead to blame or stigma

  • Pay attention to what your child sees or hears through media

  • Provide information that is honest and accurate

  • Teach, reinforce, and remind children about everyday actions that reduce the spread of the disease

Questions?

Kelli Gilbert RN BSN gilbertk@gilbertschool.org

Darlene Webb, RN     webbd@gilbertschool.org