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How To Talk With Your Child About Covid-19Posted by Margaret Berry on 4/9/2020 8:30:00 AM
I hope you are all doing well and that your loved ones are healthy.
As you are trying to keep children occupied, feeling safe, and attempting to keep up with schoolwork it helps to stay focused on what is possible in order to reinforce a sense of control and to reassure children that the situation is temporary and will get better.
It is important to talk with your child about COVID-19 in a way that will be reassuring and not make children more worried than they already may be.
Helpful guidance for parents:
Helpful videos (less than 2-minutes each) for young children:
I hope the resources will be helpful to you and your children.
Health Office Blog During COVID-19 School ClosurePosted by Margaret Berry on 3/19/2020 8:30:00 AM
Dear Students, Families, and Staff,
Welcome to the health office blog! I will be posting current health updates, reputable resources, and activities for students during school closure.
Please email or comment on the blog if you have any questions or concerns or just to say hi! Also, let me know what other information might be helpful.
I am thinking about everyone and wishing you all well. Let me know if there is anything I can do to support your families at this time.
March 19, 2020
Today, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of following information and advice from sources based on scientific research.
Such organizations include:
- World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Organization
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC
- New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) NJ Department of Health
- The NJ Department of Health has a call center available 24/7 (with multi-language capacity). The contact number is 1-800-962-1253. The call center is not able to diagnose individuals, provide testing appointments, results, or give specific medical recommendations.
*All postings on the blog will reference information provided by research bases sources, professional associations, and the above-listed sources.
Remember to follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
• Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. If you become ill after returning home to the United States, call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department of a hospital. A mask will be placed on you before you enter the building to protect other people. Wash your hands
- Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Limit movement in the community (social spacing)
- Limit visitors
- Consult your healthcare provider if you experience fever, coughing, or shortness of breath as well as any symptoms that are concerning or severe
- Call your healthcare provider if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough, or difficulty breathing
Know-How it Spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take action to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
Have supplies on hand
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- Try to avoid going out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact with everyone, and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Take everyday precautions
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time. At this time, stores are being restocked daily.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Take everyday preventive actions:
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips.
That's all for today!