Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention & Care

We know the spread of COVID-19 has created a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for many people. We hope these resources will help you and your loved ones stay well during this difficult time.

Wellness Resources

During these uncertain times, your mental health and well-being are critical. Please use the arrows at the bottom right-hand corner of this slider to scroll through a collection of tools designed to help you navigate each new day.

I prefer the term 'physical distancing.' It seems we need social connections now more than ever.

Peter L. Slavin, MD
President, Massachusetts General Hospital

MGRI Guide to Physical Distancing

Video: Our Safe Care Commitment

Learn more from Dr. Katrina Armstrong about Mass General's commitment to providing the best and safest care—whatever your health care needs may be.

FAQs for Cancer Center Patients

A COVID-19 (coronavirus) patient information bulletin and FAQs for Cancer Center patients.

COVID-19 During Pregnancy

Frequently asked questions for patients who are pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Beyond the Ventilator: Recovery and Rehabilitation After COVID-19

A team from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital leads a new program dedicated to supporting patients recovering from COVID-19. Mass General News

Depression on the Rise During COVID-19: Resources for Patients and Their Families

Maurizio Fava, MD, psychiatrist-in-chief, within the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is not surprised by the correlation between mental health conditions and COVID-19. In this article, he shares resources for people suffering from mental health conditions, including mindfulness, telepsychiatry and other recommendations. Mass General News

Stress and the Coronavirus: What Is the Long-term Impact?

As coronavirus quarantine restrictions begin to lift, the feeling of relief and excitement in getting back to day-to-day life is mixed with worry and stress over the unknown. It is important to realize that these feelings of stress can last long after a traumatic event and that such experiences impact our health in a big way. Luana Marques, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE and Mass General Research Scholar 2020-2025, talks about the effects of chronic stress and what can be done to ease its impact. Mass General News

Supporting Families of Children with Medical Conditions During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the care of children with preexisting medical conditions. Children with chronic conditions such as lung and heart disease, diabetes and those with comprised immune systems, face unique stressors during the pandemic, according to Deborah Friedman, PhD, and Nancy Rotter, PhD, co-directors of the Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Children with these underlying conditions are more medically vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, and their families face disrupted access to their usual medical and related care (e.g. physical therapy, in-home or school nursing support) and anxiety about managing this increased risk during the transition to usual activities as shelter-at-home restrictions are eased. MassGeneral Hospital for Children

10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents steps to take if you suspect you are infected with COVID-19. Learn how to prevent the disease from spreading to others in your home. CDC

How to Talk to Children about School Closures

As schools announce extended closures due to COVID-19, parents and caregivers are having tough conversations with children about their current circumstances. It's best to be direct and honest with children about school closures. According to Lisa Price, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, it's best to let them know that even though this might be surprising or disappointing, the family will get through this difficult time together. Dr. Price offers eight tips on how to talk about school closures with kids. MassGeneral Hospital for Children

7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

As parents and caregivers, we need to talk with our kids about COVID-19 to address these concerns. This article includes tips on how to engage with kids of all ages to help them maintain emotional stability during the crisis, followed by guidance on how to tailor conversations for kids at of different ages. Mass General Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Coronavirus and Family Mental Health

To help stop the pandemic, we can all do our part by staying at home if we’re able, and physically distancing ourselves from others if we must leave home. To help manage our emotional well-being, and that of our children, teens and young adults, we must do our best to take this one day at a time. Mass General Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

How To Help Kids Cope With Situational Anxiety

In threatening situations, our brains release of a string of responses that result in rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, hyperventilating and intense fear—all geared to prepare us for danger. This is the foundation for appropriate and adaptive anxiety. But when this kind of danger response happens enough to significantly interfere with a child or teen’s social, academic, or recreational functioning, we call it a psychiatric disorder. Still yet, there are examples of when anxiety is not listed an official disorder, but can be disruptive for everyday life. This is called "situational anxiety." Mass General Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Three Tips to Help Manage Stress and Anxiety During the Pandemic

The true mental health impact of a pandemic is difficult to predict as it is unlike any other form of stress or trauma. While we don’t yet know the magnitude of its psychological impact, it’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone. Mass General Research Institute

The Difference Between N95s, Surgical Masks and Cloth Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends all citizens use a mask as a protective measure, but with so many options available it can be confusing to know which one is best for everyday use. The masks clinicians and first responders need are different from what someone should use when they take trips to the grocery store, and it is important to understand the difference. Mass General Research Institute

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