The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) and the DFWHC Foundation developed a COVID-19 Tip Sheet this week providing information to families in North Texas forced to stay at home due to social distancing and self-quarantine.
Created by Dr. Sushma Sharma, the DFWHC Foundation’s director of population health, the one-page document provides helpful information during this healthcare challenge.
The tip sheet is below.
Today, we are facing a global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and attempting to understand our new way of living. This includes restrictions on social activities, social distancing and practicing higher standards of hygiene. The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) and the DFWHC Foundation would like to share some suggestions to assist our North Texas families in staying physically and emotionally healthy.
1. INFORMATION IS POWER
Coronavirus is a threat. To learn how local government authorities are addressing this, visit your county health department’s website for updates. You can also visit www.cdc.gov for national information. Avoid unsolicited information from social media or other sources.
2. SHARING THE RIGHT INFORMATION
Keep family members, including the elderly and children, informed with the right information.
3. TALK TO CHILDREN
When talking to children, remain calm and reassuring. Make yourself available. Avoid language that leads to stigma. Pay attention to what children see online. Include children in the best practices you are following to stay safe and create indoor activities to engage them.
4. TALK TO ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS
The 65-plus age group is at a higher risk for COVID-19. It is important to keep them informed about safety measures. Limit social media and television time if necessary.
5. DEALING WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS
Select suitable physical and mental exercises you can do from home while following social distancing guidelines. Engage family members in indoor sports activities, creative challenges, meditation and breathing exercises to relieve stress. Humor is a great tool. Watch a movie that makes you laugh.
6. ADAPTING TO WORK FROM HOME
Create a formal workplace at home. Stay away from televisions or other distractions. Get ready every morning for work just as you normally do. Stay in touch with your coworkers.
7. COMMUNICATION DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
Avoid in-person meetings. Utilize virtual social gatherings and other creative ways of connecting. For more tips, go to: https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf.
Please prioritize self-care and support your community while maintaining a social distance. Please take the time to stay informed as we get through this difficult time together.
You can download the tip sheet here.