COVID-19 has disrupted lives and systems. We must take it seriously and intentionally adapt. Families want ways to engage and educate their kids. People want to care for their mental well-being. Nonprofits are working remotely and supporting shifts in interaction, employment, etc. People also want to know how they can help. CCMH has collected resources below for all these reasons so we can support the physical separation necessary to stop this thing and still build social connections for resilience. Please email us more of these resources. Below the resources are definitions of words you have heard recently.
If you need basic resources (un/employment, food, shelter, medical needs, etc.), then text COVID19 to 211-211 or visit the 211 website. Well-Badger (1-800-642-7837) and Medical College of Wisconsin also have resource lists. If you think you might be at risk or may be showing symptoms, Wisconsin Department of Health Services has your most up to date information and what to do.
Some useful definitions:
COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus Disease) is a virus strain that began spreading in people in December of 2019. There is still little known about this new respiratory virus, but you can help stop some myths or go here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) . What you need to know is that it can cause severe illness and pneumonia (nobody is immune but you may not show symptoms). It spreads through droplets from the throat or nose either breathed in when someone sneezes or coughs or when someone touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their mouth, face, or eyes. Learn more here in multiple languages and share.
Social Distancing: intentionally increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least 6 feet away from others can lessen your chance of illness. It can also include working from home, closing schools, visiting loved ones via electronic devices, and cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings.
Self-Quarantine: People who have been exposed or are at-risk of coming down with COVID-19 may self-quarantine. It is recommended to last 14 days and involves staying home, staying at least 6 feet away from people in your home, not having visitors, not sharing towels or utensils, and washing hands frequently.
"Flattening the Curve”: using protective practices to slow the rate of COVID-19 so hospitals have room, supplies and doctors for the patients that need care.
Telehealth: using technology (phone, video, etc.) to connect with patients rather than meeting in person with patients. Here are Office of Civil Rights Telehealth Guidance