Practice Solidarity and Spread Awareness of COVID-19

 

Ensuring the health and safety of our volunteers and members is our highest priority. Acting swiftly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), such as washing your hands for 20 seconds, will not only reduce your risk of the coronavirus infection but is an act of solidarity. Protecting yourself decreases the risk that you will infect people in your community and around the world. Help us to not only connect, serve, and change lives, but save them. Spread awareness about the virus by sharing the below facts sheets, sample social media posts, and graphics available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

 

English Fact Sheet               Tabla de Datos             Folheto Informativo

Social Media Posts               Social Media Graphics

Chapters' Responses to COVID-19      Programs' Responses to COVID-19

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November

  • Spot the Station — Ever wonder what the brightest objects in the sky are? Explore the third brightest object, NASA’s International Space Station! Check out their Live Tracking Map and guides on when to get the best look at the space station in your area. 
  • Galápagos Islands — Explore Darwin’s living laboratory — the unique and beautiful Galápagos Islands. Discover isolated volcanic islands, uncover animals found only in the Galápagos, and investigate with immersive 360-degree views.
  • COVID-19 Live Updates — (Last Updated November 11, 2020) The New York Times provides a running list of COVID-19 live updates from across the U.S. and around the globe. These segments cover many aspects of groundbreaking COVID-19 news all in one place with interactive maps, trends, and more.  
  • Thanksgiving In the Time of COVID-19 — (October 24, 2020) NPR shares how to safely proceed with Thanksgiving celebrations. The article includes a three-minute podcast on the topic, in addition to the full-length article that covers topics for precautions when flying, going on a road trip, and premature procedures to take.  
  • Pictures to Calm the Mind — This article shows 11 meditation pictures to calm the mind. These beautiful shots offer serene views of calm oceans, flourishing nature, and warm sunsets. Look for a quick relaxing break.  
  • 53 Virtual Activity Ideas to Keep College Students Engaged During COVID-19 — This source provides a variety of COVID-friendly activities aimed at college students who are learning online. The activities range from categories such as fun, friendly competition, co-curricular learning, health and wellness, and suggestions for finding digitized campus services.
  • How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting at Home — (October 14, 2020) This resource suggests straight-forward ways to navigate the professional sphere while working from home.  
  • Free Online Cooking Classes — The Institute of Culinary Education offers free online versions of their best-selling classes. Professional chefs provide instructions through live videos to guide you through crafting delicious homemade food.
  • #EducationOnHold — UNICEF offers a resource to keep you up-to-date on the state of schooling in Latin America and the Caribbean during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Available in Spanish). 
  • MoMA Free Online Courses — The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) offers free online courses with options to receive certificates and areas of specialization. Courses can be completed at your own pace to fit your schedule.  
  • Updates on COVID-19 — UNICEF provides the latest updates on COVID-19 to keep you and your family safe during these unprecedented times. Updates include international news and updates on UNICEF. (Available in Spanish). 

October

  • Access to Mars — NASA created a WebVR Experiment of a 360-degree tour of mars’s surface. If you want to get your mind off the commotion of Earth and explore a new planet, take a look. 
  • Trick or Treating and Other Halloween Activities (October 9, 2020) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a guide to making this Halloween a safe one, including tips for wearing masks and costumes, as well as other Halloween recommendations. (Available in Spanish). 
  • 100 Virtual Team Building Activities (October 17, 2020) — This comprehensive list offers a variety of team-building activities that range from fun to functional with detailed instructions for each. Most of the activities listed can be applied to any virtual group meeting, whether professional or personal.
  • Ultimate Parent Survival Guide to 2020-2021 — This guide offers a breadth of possibilities for parents, families, and kids. The site offers a variety of learning resources and classes, local and virtual events, and creative ideas for families during the pandemic.
  • Mindfulness and Other Tools (September 22, 2020) — This guide provides a wealth of virtual tools that are available to support mindfulness, relaxation, and movement. The selection of resources all offer content for free to help cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Available in Spanish).
  • Six Online Activities to Help Students Cope with COVID-19 (August 5, 2020) — These well-being practices can help students feel connected and resilient during the pandemic. The activities are useful for parents, teachers, and caretakers of children who are students learning remotely.
  • Concerts from Home — NPR music presents a series of "at home” concerts from a wide variety of artists. Enjoy live performances from some of your favorite artists or explore some new ones.
  • Holidays During COVID-19 (October 19, 2020) — The CDC offers supplemental considerations for holiday planning to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These recommendations consider the upcoming holiday season for both hosts and attendees. Specified holidays include Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and Thanksgiving.
  • 50 Fun Things to Do This Fall (September 22, 2020) — CNN compiled a list of ways to safely celebrate the fall season despite the pandemic. The list includes 50 things to do, from celebrating the outdoors to activities while looking up into the night sky to helping feed people and so much more.

September

  • When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 (September 10, 2020) — The CDC offers guidelines and recommendations for when individuals who have been exposed to or have had cases of COVID-19 are able to be around others.
  • Wellness Week 2020 (September 12, 2020) — The Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Wellness Week will incorporate and expand to the Region the current Stronger Together campaign that has been focused on the Caribbean. The campaign also aims to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health and psychosocial support and convey the basic principles of Psychological First Aid (PFA). Cards of information on wellness strategies are available.  
  • Vaccinations and COVID-19: What Parents Need to Know (September 8, 2020) — UNICEF offers information on how to safely get routine vaccinations for your child during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article is written in a Q&A written style with a Coronavirus Q&A video at the end.
  • Virtual Tour of Museo Nacional De Arte — Museo Nacional De Arte in Mexico City, Mexico offers a 360 virtual tour of the museum in both English and Spanish. The Museo Nacional De Arte is home to the most important collection of Mexican art in the country. The collection consists of over 3,551 works including paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings, folk art, and photography. 
  • The Global Health Network Latin America COVID-19 — The Global Health Network offers an easy and accessible list of updated resources from Latin America and the Caribbean networks about the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes an interactive map and videos of webinars and regional workshops they have provided, with more educational tools featured on their YouTube page. 
  • YMCA Health & Fitness Videos for Free — The YMCA offers a wide variety of free video workouts and home activities, including cooking and dance lessons, specified for all ages, kids through older adults.
  • Wellness, Mental Health, and Behavioral Resources (September 2, 2020) — Cigna supplies a wide range of resources from Cigna experts, community partners, and other trusted sources for healthcare workers, substance abuse, and managing anxiety. Topics range anywhere from codependent support to grief and loss to returning to work or even guided meditation.  
  • Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak (September 14, 2020 updated regularly) — NPR supplies an interactive map that tracks the spread of the Coronavirus globally. It updates the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 per country and inputs updated data regularly.
  • Daily Activities & Going Out — The CDC supplies a comprehensive list of procedures when going about daily activities and venturing outside during the COVID-19 pandemic. Types of procedures listed range anywhere from going to the bank to hosting gatherings
  • Helping Children Cope with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak — The World Health Organization (WHO) provides an infographic describing strategies to help reduce stress in children. The infographic is applicable to parents, teachers, or anyone assisting children.
  • National Geographic Archives — National Geographic released an image collection resurfacing some of their most mesmerizing archived photographs. Accessing the article is free with an e-mail address.
  • 100 Ways to Calm Yourself (September 11, 2020) — Lifehack outlines 100 quick and easy tips to help navigate times of feeling sad so that you can get right back up again. These hacks offer a wide range of suggestions for motivation and happiness.
  • Stop Negative Self-Talk to Reduce Stress (August 18, 2020) — Mayo Clinic outlines how to implement positive thinking as a method of stress reduction. The article walks you through understanding positive thinking and self-talk, health benefits, and daily practice.
  • PBS Kids Games — PBS offers a variety of games for kids to play online.  
    • PBS Parents — Every week, PBS Parents offers a new at-home learning topic with activities, games, and articles to keep children learning through play to aid a new kind of school year. 

August

  • Considerations for Using Masks (August 7, 2020) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines in Spanish for how to wear a mask and who should use a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. 
  • 101 Free Resources for Home-Schooling During COVID Crisis (July 28, 2020) — With more schools becoming remote or part-time this fall, many parents now have to home-school their children. This article lists 101 free resources to support parents during this challenging time. 
  • Machu Picchu Virtual Tour — This site lets you explore the amazing sites of Peru’s Machu Picchu from your own home. Explore the Inca citadel, with descriptions and guides in English. 
  • Advice from UC Davis Experts to Calm the Anxieties of Back-to-School During COVID-19 (July 31, 2020) — Experts from the University of California, Davis explain how to look for physical anxiety symptoms, how to cope with anxiety, and techniques to relieve anxiety about taking classes online in the fall. 
  • 20 Creative Activities For Kids To Do At Home During COVID-19 (July 21, 2020) — This article lists 20 creative activities for children to do at home that encourage them to use their imaginations, burn off some energy, and work through different emotions during this hectic time. 
  • How Do You Tell a Child Bad News? (July 8, 2020) — UNICEF provides tips in Spanish to support parents, caregivers, health professionals, and social workers in the difficult task of talking to children about the death or illness of a loved one. 
  • Stronger Together 2020 — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched a Caribbean communication campaign to promote mental wellbeing and positive coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 hurricane season. Access an illustrated booklet, social media cards, and messages, and listen to jingles for mental health and psychosocial support. 
  • How to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times — Voices of Youth provides tips to take care of yourself and your relationships and tackle your problems during stressful times.  
  • Helping Kids Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety (August 13, 2020) — This article presents strategies for parents and teachers to reduce back-to-school anxiety and transition their children and students from being at home to having more structured schooling.

July

  • COVID-19 Resources (July 16, 2020) – The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University provides a list of international and national helpful resources and links relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These include health care information, food insecurity resources, domestic violence, and a number of other topics.  
  • At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak (July 16, 2020) – This article outlines a daily routine plan to keep your children focused, productive, and positive during this COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • Mood-Boosting Tips for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 24, 2020) – Social distancing for an extended amount of time can take a toll on your emotional health. This article supplies ways to boost the entire family’s mood during this challenging period. (Read in Spanish)   
  • Hand Sanitizers: Keep Children Safe from Poisoning Risk (July 23, 2020) – Hand sanitizer is the best alternative when soap and water are not available for keeping your hands clean. Learn more about the chemicals used to make sanitizer and how to keep your children safe when using it. (Read in Spanish).
  • If You Can’t Get to a National Park, Appreciate Their Beauty with These 11 Photos (July 4, 2020) – The pandemic has put traveling at a halt, but you can still appreciate the beauty of America’s national treasures through these breathtaking images.  
  • Window Swap – This website lets you escape your quarantine by gazing out strangers' windows from across the globe. Take a peek into Italy, Japan, Brazil, and more places from the safety of your home!  
  • App Lets You Destress By Screaming Into Icelandic Wilderness (July 17, 2020) – 2020 has been a challenging and stressful year for everyone. Now you can release some frustrations by letting out your screams into the Icelandic wilderness. Through this web app, record your scream and through the use of speakers, it will be released into Iceland's beautiful, wide-open spaces.   
  • How to Vacation Safely During Coronavirus This Summer (July 18, 2020) – This article provides you with locations and activities ranging from least risk to high risk in maintaining safety measures to keep in mind if you are planning a getaway.   
  • COVID-19 Activity Book – An activity book for children created by Child Life specialists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (Available in Spanish)    
  • Track COVID-19 Risk in Your U.S. County with Harvard's Assessment Map (July 1, 2020) – This map lets you track the three levels of COVID-19 risk in your country (U.S only).  
  • Enduring Stress (July 18, 2020) – This article written in Spanish by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives you advice and provides resources about how to manage fear, stress, and anxiety in a healthy manner during this global pandemic.  
  • Mayo Clinic Consumer Health Tips: Debunking COVID-19 Myths (July 15, 2020) – There is misleading information about possible cures and treatments for preventing and treating COVID-19. This article written in Spanish by the Mayo Clinic provides you with recently updated and scientifically fact-checked COVID-19 information and debunks a list of common myths claiming to effectively fight off the virus.   
  • School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians (July 23, 2020) – This article written in Spanish by the CDC provides parents, tutors, and guardians with important information to take into consideration, including the risks and benefits of having in-person or virtual learning for their children when the new school year begins.  
  • COVID-19: How Much Protection do Face Masks Offer? (July 17, 2020) – This article answers questions you may have about how crucial the role of face masks is in helping to slow down the spread of COVID-19. 

June

  • Your Child's Mental Health During COVID-19 School Returns (June 16, 2020) – Schools are already beginning to plan the potential return of in-person learning. UNICEF provides tips about how to help your children navigate some of the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school. 
  • Find Free Meals For Kids – Kids too young for school can still receive meals from schools delivering food during the pandemic. Find a free meals location in your community today using the Free Meals Finder online map (For U.S. only).  
  • Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak (June 11, 2020) – A list of free or discounted educational resources for parents and educators to allow learning to continue at home despite setbacks as a result of COVID-19.  
  • COVID-19: How Much Protection do Face Masks Offer? (May 28, 2020) – This article from the Mayo Clinic answers questions you may have about different types of face masks and their proper safety use.  
  • COVID-19 Wellness Resource Guide (June 8, 2020) – The Alexandria, Virginia Government lists helpful resources and tools for managing stress and anxiety during the ongoing pandemic. 
  • Your COVID-19 Summer Safety Guide (May 21, 2020) – The change in warmer weather is drawing people outdoors. This article from Everyday Health answers questions you may have about following proper safety measures while participating in outdoor activities. 
  • Coronavirus: How To Make Your Own Face Mask (June 4, 2020) – Despite many cities easing their lockdown measures, in many places wearing a mask is still mandatory. Here is a step-by-step guide with images explaining how to make your own mask to stay safe. 
  • Breathing Through COVID-19 – This article provides a list of breathing exercises to follow in order to help reduce and manage your anxiety during this health crisis. The page details every step with images and addresses questions about the benefits of each exercise. 
  • COVID-19 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe During This Summer (June 18, 2020) – Fun can still happen this summer while staying safe. This article answers helpful questions parents may have on how to keep their little ones safe.  
  • Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak (June 5, 2020) – Due to the pandemic, important experiences for teenagers such as graduations, proms, and school athletic events have been postponed or canceled. Here are a few ways you can help your teen through this difficult time (Read in Spanish). 
  • Educational Resources Available During COVID-19 – This article in Spanish provides teachers, students, parents, and guardians with age- and grade-appropriate educational resources. 
  • Working and Learning at Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak (June 15, 2020) – This article written in Spanish provides parents with helpful information and answers questions about children adapting to an at-home learning environment.  
  • Use a Face Fabric Covering to Help Slow COVID-19 Propagation (May 22, 2020) – This article in Spanish by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about the importance of wearing face masks in public, how to use your mask safely, and how to properly clean it. 

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