YOU ARE NOT ALONE

After the pandemic hit, Amudim kicked into gear to address the numerous challenges that arose. Our efforts included setting up an anonymous support line manned by volunteer mental health professionals. We also arranged housing and food for victims who would otherwise be quarantined with their abusers. We partnered with numerous organizations, setting up a covid website, creating public service announcements, instructional videos and an animated series addressing coping techniques for various mental health and parenting concerns. Our case managers worked remotely handling a significantly higher caseload with care, professionalism and dedication.

For the most up to date information about COVID-19, please go to the CDC website by clicking here: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

About COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. While the complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known, reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (some with no reported symptoms at all) to severe, including illness resulting in death. According to current CDC studies, only 16% of COVID-19 cases result in illness and the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill for the virus is low, however older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lung or heart disease or are otherwise immunocompromised are at greater risk of severe illness. COVID-19 has been classified as a pandemic, a global outbreak because there is little to no pre-existing immunity to the new virus.

Protecting Yourself Against the Coronavirus

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home).
  • You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing, for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 years, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is not able to remove the covering without help.

Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to make a cloth face covering using a scarf or bandana.

Clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogen  claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

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Articles on Managing Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety

How do I cope with my coronavirus anxiety?

Written by: Martha Tesema at Shine

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What practices do therapists recommend?

Written by: Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.

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What if I also have OCD or existing anxiety?

Written by: Shayla Love at Vice

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What can I do when I feel panicked?

Written by: Allison Aubrey at NPR

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Isolation

Dos & Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’

Written by: Kaitlyn Tiffany at The Atlantic

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What is self-quarantine like?

Written by: Natt Garun at The Verge

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I’m working from home—any tips?

Written by: Bryan Lufkin at BBC

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Financial Fears

Cope with financial stress & anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic

Written by: Alicia Adamczyk at CNBC

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Do I change how I
save and spend right now?

Written by: Alicia Adamczyk at CNBC

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What if I can’t
work from home?

Written by: Tara Law at Time

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How to Talk to Your
Kids About Coronavirus

Looking for more easy, helpful tips on how to discuss the Coronavirus with your children?

Here are some links you may find useful

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
If you or anyone you know needs help during these trying times, please email us at [email protected]

COVIBOOK

This short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. – Manuela Molina

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” – Deborah Farmer Kris, PBS

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How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

“Research shows that just being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids calm down. As families, we can be “that person” for each other.”- Deborah Farmer Kris, PBS

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Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories

“Encourage your kids to share what they already know, let them ask questions, and then offer simple, age-appropriate, clarifying information. For my slightly older kids, we try to help them distinguish between truth and rumor.” – Eric Rasmussen, Ph.D.

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Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

“When children are scared and anxious, they might become more dependent, clingy, and afraid to go to bed at night. Whining, aggressive behavior, or toilet “accidents” may be their way of asking for more comfort from the important adults in their lives.” – Fred Rogers Productions, PBS

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We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
If you or anyone you know needs help during these trying times, please email us at [email protected]

Activities your children can do by themselves

Do a Puzzle

The more pieces the better! Take on a Rubik’s Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!

ABC Hunt

Put letters in eggs and hide them, put them on post it notes and hide them around the house and have them match to an abc chart.

Prep time: Less than five minutes

Trace Letters and Numbers

Get paper and write some dashed letters, numbers, names

Prep time: 2 min

Write Letters to Relatives

Have your kids craft a letter to a grandparent or family member. It also helps them practice their penmanship, talk about a win-win.

Activities you can do with your children

Cook and Bake

Making smoothies, banana bread, prep for dinner…

Make a Fort

How many hours did you burn growing up building the perfect hideaway?

DIY “Space” Crayons

There’s just something about sparkly crayons in celestial shapes that makes coloring time extra exciting. Plus, you make them with the ends of old crayons that kids never want to color with, anyway!

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DIY Jellyfish

Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

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Websites with loads of activities

Creative STEM & Computer Science Activities

Kids need a device and access to the internet, some activities can be with only a phone.

Educational and Free

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Scholastic Learn at Home Activities and Readings by Grade Level

Download info from the Scholastic website daily

Free and Educational created in response to covid-19

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9 Great Montessori Activities For Toddlers at Home

Simple setups or making materials available for exploration

Medium parent involvement

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Go Noodle

GoNoodle videos get kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves. Over 14 million kids each month are dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling with GoNoodle.

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Workbooks and Guidebooks

The 2020 Covid19 Family Guidebook:

Do it at home Coping skills and Activities

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Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times

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Helping Children

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

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We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
If you or anyone you know needs help during these trying times, please email us at [email protected]

Helpful videos by Amudim