Staying Healthy Physically & Mentally
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?
CDC information about COVID-19 and what to do if you think you have it
Tips for caring for sick loved ones at home
Self-care tips if you are sick
If you or loved ones become sick and you need to take time away from class, communicate this to your professors. You can make arrangements with them for extending deadlines and getting other accommodations.
Keeping your body healthy
Eat healthy and keep hydrated (this is good advice always)
"Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
The Knights Table Food Pantry (https://knightstablefoodpantry.org/) is a resource for matriculated students experiencing food insecurity. Make an appointment using this website: https://qcknightstablepantry.setmore.com/.
NYC Schools are offering meals to ALL New Yorkers! If you need meals, use this website to find a local NYC Public School distributing meals to NYers of ALL ages. They have plenty and are there to help you: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
Food Bank for New York City: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/
Healthy CUNY has many resources and detailed information about food and food insecurity in NYC: https://www.healthycuny.org/healthy-food-and-food-insecurity
Queens College Psychological Center has compiled useful resources and organized a webinar on May 19: https://qcpccovid19.wixsite.com/website
Check this flyer for more details
Try out some at-home exercises
Free fitness videos:
Go outside! Try to avoid other people, but when the weather is nice, take a short walk to get some fresh air and clear your mind
Keeping your mind healthy
Get help when you need it
Find your Campus Counseling Center: https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-services/counseling/campus-centers/
QC Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center provided services remotely and will continue to do so throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Students with specific health concerns can make a virtual appointment with the RN to answer any questions: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/StudentLife/services/counseling/Pages/default.aspx
QC Counseling Center: call +1 718-997-5420, and leave your contact information. Referrals are available to low-cost, sliding scale, and pro bono mental health practitioners. https://www.qc.cuny.edu/StudentLife/services/counseling/counseling/Pages/default.aspx
New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline
1-844-863-9314 (8am-10pm, 7 days a week)
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to chat by text (SMS rates apply)
Visit https://www.crisistextline.org/ for more information and resources
If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
Call 888-NYC-WELL (+1 888-692-9355)
Text "WELL" to 65173
Chat at http://NYC.gov/nycwell
If you work for QC, you have access to mental health services from Deer Oaks
For many anxiety resources, check this website: https://www.virusanxiety.com/
Resource sheet for parents: "Finding the right words to talk with children and teens about coronavirus"
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
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
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