Staying Healthy Physically & Mentally

Background information

Social distancing vs. self-quarantine

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Myths and Misconceptions around COVID-19

Understanding the risks of COVID-19 infection and how to avoid them


What if I or someone I care for is sick?

Keeping your body healthy

Eat healthy and keep hydrated (this is good advice always)


Try out some at-home exercises


Keeping your mind healthy

Get help when you need it


Personal time

  • Create and stick to a routine

  • Avoid obsessing over the news

  • Take breaks from work: just because you work or take classes at home now, this does not mean that home must revolve around work and school all the time.

  • Practice social distancing, physically. Keep connected with people you care about:

    • Check social media

    • Make a phone call

  • Allow yourself time to think about and do other things.

  • Visit the QC's own museums:

  • Virtually visit some great destinations like zoos, aquariums, or the philharmonic!

  • Check out these cultural collections from museums around the world.

  • Enjoy art while at home using these resources

  • Check Healthy CUNY for tips and suggestions about staying healthy: https://www.healthycuny.org/mental-health


Helping others

New York State has officially launched the NYS COVID-19 Contact Tracer Initiative in an effort to recruit 6,400 to 17,000 tracers to help prevent the spread of the virus.

NYS is looking to immediately fill the following roles:

  • Contact Tracers: reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs.

  • Team Supervisors: lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who are working remotely using digital tools.

  • Community Support Specialists: work with the team and the local health departments to address the physical/mental health, and social/human service needs of those contacted, especially those who are under isolation or quarantine.

  • Part-time wages are $17-$22 per hour working a minimum of 20 hours weekly and full-time salary ranges $57,000 - $65,000.


Self-care advice & other resources

"You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine or Isolation, Starting Right Now"

"Make time for self-care during a self-quarantine"

A list compiled by faculty in QC's Department of Philosophy, linking to information about Coronavirus; listing places that will help you navigate financial hardship and unemployment; providing supports related to emotional health; and providing quarantine-friendly recreation ideas.


Writings and observations during COVID-19 isolation

"What I miss most working under quarantine" by Derek Loosvelt

"I Spent a Year in Space, and I have Tips on Isolation to Share" by Scott Kelly