We hope that these resources will help us all stay educated about COVID-19 and how we can keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Feeling anxious, angry, frustrated, afraid, and overwhelmed are normal and understandable responses to situations like this which uproot our normal routines and endanger ourselves and loved ones. As such, it is even more important that we reach out to each other, ask for help when we need it, take time to step away from the news and do things we love, and have patience with and compassion for one another.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a quickly evolving situation and the best place to find current updates are on the World Health Organization’s website (https://www.who.int/), on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). Locally, you can learn more about Tennessee’s response and find your local health department here: https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.
Here you can find WHO’s advice for the public in communities where COVID-19 is spreading: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Here you can find a list of facts combating current myths around COVID-19 and answering frequently asked questions: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Here is what to do if you are part of the population at higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
Here are recommendations for faith-based organizations on how to respond to COVID-19. This includes developing a buddy system to check in with one another and assess needs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html
Here is information on caring for our mental health and the mental health of our children and loved ones in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
Here you can find helpful suggestions for how to talk with children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
The frantic purchasing of gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons has led to a shortage for healthcare workers who are most at risk for contracting COVID-19. Please consider not purchasing or ordering these items so they can go where they will be most effective. (https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/03-03-2020-shortage-of-personal-protective-equipment-endangering-health-workers-worldwide)
Unfortunately, cyber-criminals are using this crises to steal personal information. Remember to never give away personal information or click on links without confirming the caller/emailer’s identity. For more information on these scams and how to report them, look here: https://www.who.int/about/communications/cyber-security