for child advocates: Schools Are Closed & Life Is Different!

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TALK TO THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE

Children are very perceptive, even when their daily routines are not turned up-side-down! They are probably feeling anxious and scared, just like many adults. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on how to talk to children so that you can alleviate their fears and limit their exposure to the virus.

WASH YOUR HANDS

Good news!! Soap and water can kill the virus that we call COVID-19. Wash your hands. Frequently. There are lots of other things we can do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) offer a great resource.

FOLLOW EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES

The World Health Organization (WHO) is comprised of experts and scientists who are working around the clock to protect our health and minimize loss of life. We are all in this together! it is important that we do everything possible to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

STAY INFORMED ON OHIO'S RESPONSE

Governor Mike DeWine and Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH are holding daily press briefings at 2pm to discuss updates on Ohio's response to COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Health has also established a website where Ohioans can find information, resources and support.

PRACTICE SELF CARE

Living through a global pandemic is hard. On everyone. Be patient and kind with yourself and those around you. Make sure you're sleeping well, eating a healthy diet, connecting with others, going outside, and exercising. It's not as easy as it sounds, so here are some resources to help.

TEACH GRATITUDE

Mr. Fred Rogers told us: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."


THANK YOU to the health care workers and all of the other essential workers and community helpers who are keeping communities safe every day. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, EMS teams, police officers, fire fighters, pharmacists, grocery store workers, janitors, teachers, social workers, and corrections officers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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