COVID-19 | Coping with Stress
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the life changes and uncertainty it has caused can be stressful for everyone. In this video, Bob Skelly, PhD, licensed psychologist/executive director, SpiriTrust Lutheran® Counseling Services, provides meaningful ways older adults, children and families, and caregivers can cope with the stress and anxiety related to this unprecedented healthcare crisis.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Terminology
- CDC – Centers for Disease Control
- CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Cohorts are a group of individuals, i.e. residents who are infected with the same organism, i.e. coronavirus and whose care is confined to one area to prevent contact with other individuals, i.e.residents
- COVID-19 is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person (much like the flu or common cold) through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an objector surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination.
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- N95 Respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings.The CDC does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) is any type of specialized clothing, barrier product, or breathing device used to protect workers from serious injuries or illnesses while doing their jobs.These include gloves (vinyl, latex or nitrile); gowns; shoe and head covers; mask or respirators (N95respirator); and other face and eye protection (goggles or a face shield).
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Quarantined people may or may not become sick; but separating them from those who were never exposed helps prevent the spread of the disease.
- Stay at home/Shelter-in-place means to stay at home except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services.
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Symptoms of Coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses may include:
- Dry Cough
- Nasal Congestion
- Runny Nose
- Body aches
- Sore Throat
Prevention Tips From the CDC
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
FTC Warning About Coronavirus Scams
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings about scammers who are taking advantage of fears surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). These unscrupulous individuals are creating websites to sell fake products, make “robo calls” and use fake emails, texts and social media posts in an effort to take your money and acquire your personal information. Many of the individuals we serve at SpiriTrust Lutheran® are older adults who historically have been prime targets by scammers. The FTC has resources that can help you and your loved ones avoid being scammed by these coronavirus fraudsters. Here are some tips provided by the FTC to help you avoid coronavirus scams:
- Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes.
- Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified.
- Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers lay claim to have in-demand products, when, in fact, they don’t.
- Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details of an economic stimulus are still being worked out.
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could contain viruses that can be downloaded onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Ignore offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus — online or in stores.
- Be careful when donating. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, do not do it.