Is your household one of the thousands throughout the country that’s sheltering in place or under self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic? We know this time can be overwhelming and stressful for everyone in the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, children, parents, and even older children and college students. This guide was developed to help you keep yourself and your family safe, happy, and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
Communicate with family members and stay in touch with your community:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.”
Maintaining your traditional routine may not be reasonable at this time. Strive for about 80% consistency in your parenting strategies and household rules. Outlining a household action plan helps everyone understand “the new game plan”:
Since the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to it, make sure everyone in your household:
Since everyone in the household will probably be more sedentary, getting some level of physical exercise is more important than ever. Stress levels will rise and tempers will flare, so mental self-care matters just as much. Try these tips:
Practicing some of these ideas and guidelines will help not only you and your family but also your neighbors—and people you’ll never meet. We’re in this together, and every step you take helps “flatten the curve.”
If you have or someone in your household must work remotely during this time, read our stay healthy blog post for ways to stay healthy, happy, and productive. And remember, you can trust Teladoc to do everything we can to help keep you and your family healthy and safe during this pandemic.
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