Quickly sort & verify news updates about the coronavirus and know what to do next.
By Minda Aguhob, Vytality Health
How should I / my family monitor & respond to the coronavirus news?
TO USE THE TOOL: Scroll down to the section with the pic of a table (that is the tool).
It’s difficult to navigate your emotions about the health emergencies, like the coronavirus, and take action without a simple way to process information. (I learned that as a patient hospitalized for brain injury, who fell into a deep depression).
It’s easier with a “co-caring” community around us and a quick, reliable way to sort information and communicate. Co-caring is changing the world. It is a movement that acknowledges we are all caregivers and care receivers, and capable of taking are of one another, regardless of age, ability or circumstance. We’re much more likely to achieve our goals when we share them and get supported by others. Vytality Health has created a social support platform for co-caring, where we — including elderly, disabled, caregivers and all patients — can help one another be healthier and accomplish our goals.
We have developed this rapid response epidemic tool for individuals and organization to sort & verify coronavirus updates and quickly decide how to monitor, prepare and respond — so we can help ourselves, and also one another.
Vytality Health Rapid Response Epidemic Tool:
Ways to respond to coronavirus news updates
Use this tool to determine how to verify, monitor, prepare and respond to coronavirus information, which is updating daily or more. Start with the following: Aim to find objective information.
1) Read carefully.
It’s good to have healthy skepticism. Even major news outlets can have errors. And when individuals at epidemic locations share video and emotions on social media, the info is often not contextualized. (Emotions are not verified information. And, hysteria dampens your ability to make objective decisions.)
2) Then — verify.
Check official web sites of the CDC, World Health Organization, and other local hospitals and health organizations. They are experts at sorting information and emotions around health epidemics. Check official national, state and city web sites, as they are the best places to verify quarantine and other official actions.
These sources are the best information on which to make decisions. Once you have verified information, sort them into tiers and follow the recommended response. See below.
3 things you can do now to protect yourself and your loved ones /Tiers 5–10/ (CDC, 2020)
- Wash hands, use sanitizer. (Frequent handwashing is considered most protective.) Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Should you wear a mask? If you’re healthy, it’s unnecessary. (McNeil, 2020)
3 things you can do if you fall sick (CDC, 2020)
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For individuals > A Pulitzer Prize winning science and global health writer who’s been healthy through “30 outbreaks” provides more detailed recommendations to prepare and respond. Like: Wear gloves. Forget masks. Wash and assign towels to people. (Garrett, 2020)
For organizations > This World Health Organization resource contains invaluable guidance on communicating risk (p 34/42), and engaging with your local communities (p 38) to monitor, coordinate, prepare and respond.
About Vytality Health
Vytality Health, a social support platform for “co-caring,” is where you can share your health & wellness journeys so you can both give and receive deep, authentic support. We help build your personalized circles of support so you can have transformative health and wellness.
“Health is not just the ‘absence of disease’ but also ‘the presence of physical, psychological, and social well-being.’” -World Health Organization
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