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The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed, which means to stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, be sure to practice social distancing, leaving 6 feet between you and any person you come in contact with.
Other ways to help prevent the spread of this illness include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
- Use a face-covering or mask when you go out,
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily,
- Call your doctor if you think you’re experiencing symptoms.
Free Face Coverings:
Face coverings are being distributed in parks across NYC. Click here for locations.
How long COVID-19 coronavirus can last on surfaces (from https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-basics):
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive
- up to four hours on copper,
- up to 24 hours on cardboard,
- up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
- The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly.
There’s a lot we still don’t know, such as how different conditions, such as exposure to sunlight, heat, or cold, can affect these survival times.
As we learn more, continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects every day. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
If surfaces are dirty, first clean them using a detergent and water, then disinfect them. A list of products suitable for use against COVID-19 is available here. This list has been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after bringing in packages, or after trips to the grocery store or other places where you may have come into contact with infected surfaces.
Links to useful Health & Safety Resources:
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
WHO (World Health Organization)
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests numerous ways to manage stress and anxiety. Knowing the facts and the actual risks can help reduce stress in yourself and others. Take time to have conversations with your kids about their questions, concerns, or fears. Follow healthcare guidelines to model preventative care.
- How Do I Talk To My Kids About COVID 19
- Common Sense Media
- Child Mind Institute
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network Outbreak Factsheet 1
- NYC HOPE – relationship violence help; 24-hour hotline for immediate safety planning, shelter or civil legal assistance, counseling, and other resources and services: 1-800-621-4673 (1-800-621-HOPE); TTY 1-866-604-5350. Call 911 in an emergency.
- NYC WELL – offers free confidential mental health support. New Yorkers can speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365. NYC Well Brochure
- COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Domestic/Interpersonal Violence Hotline
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- 24/7 crisis text line – text “NAMI” to 741741
- The Trevor Project/LGBTQ Support for ages 13-24: 1-866-488-7386
- The Jed Foundation
- Youth Talkline: 1-800-246- PRIDE
- The GLBT National Help Center: 1-888-THE-GLNH
- National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
- Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention: 1-800-931-2237
- United Federation of Teachers (UFT) BRAVE hotline to provide general mental health support for New York City public school students and their families. If you call 212-709-3222 on any weekday between 2:30 and 9:30 p.m., you’ll reach a licensed mental health provider.
- Care for the Caregiver-Parents and Teachers
- Coalition to Support Grieving Students
- Childhood traumatic grief information for parents and caregivers
- How to help your child after a parent or caregiver dies