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COVID-19 Health Information / Información de Salud COVID-19

Stay at Home, Save Lives
This page is designed to provide factual information about Covid-19. Widespread transmission of this respiratory illness is occurring across the globe. Due to the virus' highly contagious and unpredictable nature, governments around the world are implementing drastic measures, closing schools and non-essential businesses, and asking their residents to shelter in place. We must all do our part to prevent the further spread of this illness.
At the same time, It is normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and afraid. We have some tips and practical advice to help improve your wellness and get you through these uncertain times.
What you can do to stay safe and protect yourselves and your families...
Don't Panic.
  • It is important to prepare and educate yourselves on how to stay safe. By taking the appropriate measures you can help yourself and your family. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control on protective measures you can take.

Establish positive health and wellness routines.
  • Make healthy food choices
  • Establish and stick to a daily routine schedule (especially M-F, making a poster of your schedule and posting it on the wall might be useful)
  • Establish a regular sleep schedule (especially M-F, set a bedtime for yourself and set your alarm)
  • Get exercise
  • Get some fresh air and sunshine
  • Check in with yourself, and those closest to you, and establish positive mental and emotional health routines.
  • Maintain social contacts (phone, text, social media, and video calls are all great, and consistent with maintaining good social distancing)
  • Limit screen time (keep the news watching and social media to a minimum, it is good to keep yourself informed, but too much exposure can add more stress). Check out the recommendations from the WHO and the CDC on coping with stress.
  • Focus on prevention- see our tips below on how prevent yourself and your family members from contracting the virus
Stay safe, Stay home- If you've been paying attention the the covid-19 positive cases around the state, you may notice that the numbers are much lower in our area. Low reported numbers do not mean that we in Windham County, are not being affected on a large scale. One reason for the low numbers in Northeast Connecticut is limited access to testing. Windham County does not have a drive trough testing site (the closest being at Backus Hospital in Norwich). We also have a smaller population relative to most other counties in the state which would directly correlate with lower numbers. For more information check out this informative article and video from NBC Connecticut.
  • Stay at home as much as possible, limit excursions outside the home (when you do have to restock, get two weeks worth of supplies. Only one family member should be going, and they should be following appropriate safety measures)
  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Wear a mask if you're sick
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes (preferably into your elbow), and always immediately wash hands.

The Covid-19 outbreak creates a stressful situation for all of us, as it its something we have never experienced in our lifetimes. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and afraid. We have some tips and practical advice to help improve your wellness and get you through these uncertain times.
Washing your hands for 20 seconds is a vital tool to help protect yourself against viruses and bacteria. Using the proper technique matters. Here are some hand washing tips .

Keeping your body strong and nourished can help you stay healthy. Eating well and exercising keeps your immune system strong to help fight illnesses. Read about ways to start or keep healthy habits going while staying at home below.

  • Make Healthy Food Choices.

  • Exercise- Healthy Body (at home exercise tips), Healthy Mind (mental health benefits of exercise).

  • Establish healthy routines and stick to them.

  • Find hobbies and activities that fulfill you, and do them often.

  • Be sure to get enough sleep. It is helpful to have a regular bedtime and wake up time during the weekdays.

  • Get some fresh air. Ask your parents to go for a walk, go out and play, or even just sit in the sunshine.

  • Establish healthy relationships. Find someone you trust and talk to them about anything that might be troubling, you might be surprised how much it helps!