Stay connected: MyChart is UR Medicine’s online patient portal, and can help you stay in touch with your health team. You can use the tool to contact your doctor’s office; view test results; request prescription refills; and manage your medical appointments. It’s free, and easy to sign up.
Stay informed: A constant barrage of news can be stressful, but knowing the facts about the illness can help you feel prepared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers helpful information about the virus and how to protect yourself from it.
Maintain a safe environment: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some tips on how to clean your home to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses and tips about hygiene in the workplace.
Protect yourself from the flu: Influenza is still in our community. It is a significant health risk, especially for the very young, as well as for people who are elderly or have underlying medical issues – the same groups at greatest risk from COVID-19. You can get a flu shot to help protect yourself and the people close to you.
Support your mental well-being: The COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for all of us – and especially for those who are already dealing with mental health issues or have a loved one who is. Mental Health America has created a website with resources.
Reach out to loved ones: If you’re separated from community, family and friends, make a point of regular check-ins. Voice phone calls and video visits using FaceTime (for Apple product users) and Skype offer more emotional connection than texting, and can alleviate the isolation and loneliness you may be feeling.
Adjust to new routines: Sudden changes – such as school and day care closures or working from home – can be stressful for individuals and families. UR Medicine Department of Clinical Psychiatry Professor George Nasra, M.D., M.B.A., offered advice in this City Newspaper article about how to manage your emotions in the coming weeks.