We know the spread of COVID-19 has created a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for many people.As we continue to learn more about this infection, we wanted to share resources and answer common questions to help you and your loved ones stay well during this difficult time.
How Can I Maintain Wellness at Home?
Free online exercisesAs the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, many gyms and exercise studios have closed to support social distancing. To help you remain active and healthy, experts from Mass General Sports Medicine Physical Therapy share some exercises and stretches you can do at home without equipment. Watch on Youtube >
Calm in the time of Coronavirus
I'm An Employer. How Should I Proceed?
Employer Responsibility in the Age of CoronavirusA perspective from Paul Biddinger, MD, Mass General endowed chair in emergency preparedness and director of the Mass General Center for Disaster Medicine; and Eric Rosengren, PhD, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Read the article >
What's the Best Way to Talk to My Family about COVID-19?
How to Talk to Your Kids about CoronavirusAs parents and caregivers, it can be difficult to address your childrens' concerns about this pandemic. Gene Beresin, MD, executive director of the Mass General Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, offers helpful tips about engaging with children to support and maintain emotional stability during this evolving situation. Watch on Youtube >
What Are the Best Practices for Staying Comfortable and Safe?
Tips for Keeping Hands Hydrated and Healthy
Handwashing often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is key to preventing illness. But it can also present a new problem: dry or even cracked skin. Mathew Avram, MD, director of Mass General’s Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center, offers tips on keeping hands healthy and hydrated. Watch on YouTube >
From the CDC
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Download the PDF >
- Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands! (video) View the Video (English) >
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- Handwashing at Home, at Play, and Out and About Download the PDF/Poster >
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (pdf) Download the PDF (English) >
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Helpful preventative measures
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 available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Wash Your Hands Right: The Five-step MethodWashing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. You can count to 20 to be sure you have scrubbed for the right amount of time
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them