Helping Give Away Psychological Science/Coping with Coronavirus and other Epidemics
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What is it? This page brings together information and resources for dealing with the recent coronavirus pandemic. The information can be re-used quickly in response to other situations.
What is it NOT? We have a second page that is more general, with information and resources for coping with infectious disease outbreaks in general, such as the flu. This page was curated by Helping Give Away Psychological Science, a non-profit focused on dissemination and connecting people to resources from which they could greatly benefit.
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Improving Your Mental Health and Well-Being[edit | edit source]
Dealing directly with stress can help improve your health, mindset, quality of life, and overall well being.
- Supporting Your Mental Health During COVID-19
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 from the CDC
- Podcasts, guided meditations, talks, and blog posts on how to cope with stress and anxiety resulting from COVID-19.
Tips to Improve Your Well-Being[edit | edit source]
Take care of yourself[edit | edit source]
The following tips can make you feel better and reduce your anxiety:
- Exercise. Engage in at home-workouts or go for a 30-minute walk outside. Remember, you can still go outside, just take precaution and maintain a safe distance from others. Getting fresh air is important; it can help clear your mind and refresh you. Additionally, seeing others from your neighborhood can reduce your feelings of loneliness.
- Eat healthy. Learn how to make new and healthy recipes with ingredients you already own; be creative and have fun with your creations.
- Budget Bytes offers step-by-step healthy recipes.
- Get enough sleep. Getting 8 hours of sleep per night is ideal; waking up well-rested and refreshed can set you up for a good day.
- Pick up new hobbies. Reading books you are interested in, learning how to crochet, or baking treats can help occupy your time and allow your mind to relax and focus on these activities.
- Journal. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a notebook can help you relieve your stress. Additionally, it may allow you to identify stress-inducing triggers as well as positive coping methods.
- Help others. Check up on the people in your life and offer them reassurance and support.
- Video-chat with friends and family. Just because you may be advised to practice social distancing does not mean you have to socially isolate yourself. Texting or video-chatting with your friends and loved ones is a great way to stay connected, share moments together, laugh, and improve your mood. Maintaining personal relationships is extremely important.
- Limit your media exposure to COVID-19. Constantly scrolling and reading material from unreliable sources can heighten your anxiety and put you in a state of panic. Setting limits on how much time you spend watching the news of reading new articles can decrease feelings of being overwhelmed. Remember to take breaks from media coverage to clear your mind and maintain your mental well-being.
- Celebrate successes and take pride in completing tasks, even if it's as small as completing a household chore or organizing your closet.
Cultivate ways to be calm:[edit | edit source]
- Understand that it is okay to feel anxious and worried during these trying times and realize that many others are likely experiencing these emotions as well.
- Limit the amount of time you watch the news if you feel like it is making you particularly stressed.
- Try to offset your stress with positive and calming activities such as meditation or yoga. Partake in something you enjoy.
Engage in activities to occupy your free time:[edit | edit source]
- Tidy up your living space, organize your room or office, or de-clutter your closet
- Read a book you've been eyeing
- Draw, color, or write
- Cook a new recipe or bake a delicious treat
- Learn how to play a new instrument
- Play video games
- Write gratitude letters to your friends and family
Signs Indicating You May Need Additional Help or Support[edit | edit source]
Signs to be concerned:
- Your mind is constantly flooded with thoughts of COVID-19 and it is hard to stray away from these negative thoughts.
- You take extreme measures to isolate yourself from others.
- You feel extremely hopeless about the situation and do not feel in control.
- Your appetite has significantly increased or decreased.
- Your sleep patterns have drastically fluctuated and you are having a hard time getting to sleep.
- You are experiencing physical symptoms such as intense headaches or an a frequent upset stomach.
- Your anxiety affects your daily life.
- You are extremely scared to leave your house and go to a supermarket.
- You are having trouble concentrating and getting your schoolwork done.
- You are spending a great deal of time disinfecting parts of your living space multiple times a day.
Mindfulness[edit | edit source]
Mindfulness is a technique that can help reduce stress during difficult times. By grounding yourself in the present moment and focusing on your breathing and senses, your stress may dissipate and you may begin to feel at ease. Engaging in mindfulness practices can improve emotion regulation, well-being, and focus, as well as decrease stress, anxiety, and depression.
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Mindfulness goals:[edit | edit source]
Free Mindfulness/Meditation Apps and Videos[edit | edit source]
Exercise[edit | edit source]
Exercise routines are a great way to maintain a schedule and help reduce anxiety.
- Physical fitness apps that are offering free trials
- CorePower Yoga workout videos
- Planet Fitness offers free in-home workouts daily on Facebook Live at 7pm ET
- Planet Fitness Mobile App
Books[edit | edit source]
- Amazon Kindle is offering two free months of unlimited e-books for new users (redeemable until June 30th, 2020)
- Scrib is offering a 30-day free trial (no credit card information required)
- Project Gutenberg has over 60,000 free e-books
- LibriVox free audio books
Streaming and Sports Entertainment[edit | edit source]
- Netflix Party is a way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Videos are synchronized, allowing you and your buddies to watch the same things at the same time. Netflix Party is free, but only available on Chrome computer browsers.
- Quibi, a new streaming service, is offering a 90-day free trial (sign up by April 30th, 2020)
- T-Mobile customers who have an Unlimited Family Plan get 1 year of free streaming
- CBS All Access is offering a 30-day free trial (sign up by April 30, 2020)
- Hulu offers a 30-day free trial
- HBO GO is offering free (limited) streaming until the end of April
- Tubi TV offers free movies and TV shows
- IMDb TV offers free movies and TV shows
- The NBA is offering free access to full-length replays of all 2019-2020 season games until April 22nd, 2020.
- The NFL is offering free access to NFL Game Pass until May 31, 2020.
- The NHL is offering free NHL Live until April 30, 2020.
Music/Arts[edit | edit source]
- Free music and radio broadcasts on SiriusXM until May 15, 2020.
- Seattle Symphony has free broadcasts
- Virtual arts and culture tours
Tech[edit | edit source]
- Free Comcast internet for 2 months for low-income families
- Free 30-day tech support trial from Support.com
- Free Advanced Google Hangouts Meet features until July 1, 2020.
- Free conference calls with Skype (no sign-up or download required)
- Zoho's Remotely toolkit is free until July 1, 2020
Information For High School and College Students[edit | edit source]
COVID-19 can be incredibly difficult for high school and college students, as the loss of routine, time with friends, and being in the home for extended periods of time is tough. Click the dropdown menu to learn more.
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Education[edit | edit source]
Information For Parents[edit | edit source]
Includes information on how to help and support your child as well as a resources on a ton of activities and educational content.
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Signs Your Child May Be Highly Stressed[edit | edit source]
How to Help and Support Your Child[edit | edit source]
Activities and Educational Content For Kids[edit | edit source]
Information for Mental Health Professionals[edit | edit source]
This is a compilation of resources to help mental health professionals adapt their work methods, learn more about issues related to coronavirus, and resource to provide additional support to clients.
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Information for Communities[edit | edit source]
Coronavirus Response Tool Box includes resources drawn from authoritative sources (such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), tools for taking action from the Community Tool Box, and examples of communities taking action.
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Information for Specific Groups and Professions[edit | edit source]
|Resources for Specific Audiences and Professions|
Women - Global Perspective[edit | edit source]
The social disruption with illness, lockdown, and social distancing affect everyone, but they also often have additional impact on women globally.
The World Health Organization created these infographics to share of of the ways women are often affected.
High-Risk Groups[edit | edit source]
Older people and people with underlying medical problems, immune-deficit/immune disorders are more likely to develop serious illness from COVID-19.
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1. Older Adults[edit | edit source]
2. People Who Have Underlying Health Conditions[edit | edit source]
What is COVID-19?[edit | edit source]
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- Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses that may cause illness in humans and animals. Coronavirus can lead to respiratory infections such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?[edit | edit source]
- The main symptoms are fever, tiredness, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
- Some may experience aches and pains all over, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea that are usually mild and starts gradually while others experience extreme levels of these symptoms.
- Some people are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 meaning they are infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell but appear healthy.
- About 80% of people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Approximately 1 out of 6 people who are infected with COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop breathing difficulties.
How is COVID-19 spread?[edit | edit source]
- The main way COVID-19 spreads is through direct contact with someone who has the virus. Droplets from someone who has coronavirus (through coughing or sneezing) can enter your system and infect you. The best way to prevent yourself from getting the virus is to avoid coming into contact with those who have it.
Is there a cure or vaccine to prevent COVID-19?[edit | edit source]
- As of April 2020, there is no cure or vaccine. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.
- Since COVID-19 is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not effective in preventing or treating it.
How long does the virus last on surfaces?[edit | edit source]
- Research suggests that the virus may persist on surfaces from a few hours to a few days.
Are children at an increased risk for getting the virus?[edit | edit source]
- According to the CDC, children are not at a higher risk.
- How to Prep and Protect Your Home for COVID-19
- Things to do if you are sick or have COVID-19 and how to care for yourself
- Coronavirus FAQ
Travel[edit | edit source]
- Travel - If you are traveling from the USA, here is a link to check whether the US Department of State has issued a travel advisory.
- Travel FAQ
- For those returning from high-risk countries such as China and Iran and arriving in the U.S.
- Traveling within the U.S.
- As of 15 March 2020, the US Department of State classified all international travel as "Level 3 -- Reconsider Travel". Countries that had a Level 3 Travel Health Notice in early March 2020: China, Iran, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
- COVID-19 Informational Videos
Preventative Measures to Take[edit | edit source]
- Social distancing (but make sure to find ways to stay socially connected)
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can also be used to kill viruses that may be on your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue and immediately throw it in the trash. Additionally, wash your hands right after.
- Clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces and objects throughout your house.
- If you show symptoms of COVID-19, wear a face mask to prevent possible spreading of the disease.
- If you have a fever, are coughing, or have difficulty breathing, call your doctor and seek medical help.
- More Protective Measures
Current Cases/Live Maps[edit | edit source]
- Interactive Map
- Live statistics, including number of cases, recoveries, and deaths by region.
- Cases - United States of America
Legal Documents with Mandated Orders and Updates[edit | edit source]
- U.S. Map of Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay Home
- New York
- North Carolina
Resources[edit | edit source]
Essential websites[edit | edit source]
- Projections for the USA (updated in real time)
- World Health Organization (WHO) situation reports (currently updated daily) and a current world map
Additional Resources[edit | edit source]
- If you are in emotional distress and may be in danger, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact your local crisis lifeline. Additionally, you may contact HOME to 741741 to receive help and text with a trained Crisis Counselor from the Crisis Text Line.
- The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is a free hotline operating 10am-6pm EST that provides information, resources, and referrals to those who need mental health services. Please call 800-950-NAMI or 800-950-6264.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) operates a 24-hour helpline for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please call 800-662-HELP or 800-662-6264.
- The Trevor Project offers 24/7 support for LGBTQ+ youth who are feeling suicidal or need a safe place to talk. Please call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386 to speak to a trained counselor or text START to 678678 to text with a trained specialist.
- Association for Psychological Science COVID-19 Resources
- "Relaxation Techniques for Health". NCCIH. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
- "ADHD and LD Support". Learning Center. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
- Board, ADHD Editorial. "Working From Home with ADHD: Telecommuting in Trying Times". Retrieved 2020-06-08.
- "Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)". www.who.int. Retrieved 2020-04-14.