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Grocery Shopping, Deliveries & Restaurants

Grocery shopping: When grocery shopping, wear a face mask, and practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet between yourself and others. Although official guidelines recommend 6 feet, new research suggests it may be safest to maintain a distance of 12 feet in indoor spaces whenever possible. While public health experts point out that there is no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted through food, it may be possible to become infected after handling food or food packaging at the store that someone with the virus touched. Wherever you buy your groceries, wipe down food containers.

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Medical Appointments & Prescriptions

Non-Urgent Medical Appointments: Most healthcare providers are able to offer telemedicine for all healthcare appointments that do not require in-person attendance. If you are concerned about the risk of exposure from attending medical appointments in-person at a healthcare facility, speak with your healthcare provider. Your provider can go over the safety measures implemented by your designated healthcare facility, help you evaluate benefits vs. risks, potentially adjust the length of time between treatments, and help you set up a plan that is right for you. Getting your medication: Certain medications can be ordered and delivered by mail. Others can be obtained by pharmacy drive-through to reduce the chance of exposure. Note: Pharmacies and healthcare practices are considered essential services and remain open during shelter-in-place ordinances. Call your doctor or pharmacy to find out about changes in hours or operations.

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Physical Exercise & Nutrition

Physical exercise: Exercise has been shown to boost your immune system and help alleviate depression. As always, consult your healthcare provider before starting a fitness program. To help protect yourself from COVID-19 infection, observe social distancing guidelines when leaving your home to exercise. Additionally, a wide variety of exercise classes stream online, from yoga to dance classes, martial arts to tai chi, and everything in between. While many of these fitness programs charge monthly subscription fees, many others are offering free programs during the crisis. A diet rich in nutritious, anti-inflammatory foods such as those found in the Mediterranean diet is good for boosting overall health which is important during a pandemic. This type of diet consists primarily of whole, unprocessed, real foods; daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

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Mental Health

Stress levels rise during a global health crisis. It is completely normal to experience periods of panic, loneliness and boredom, uncertainty about the future, generalized stress, anxiety and depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When feelings become too much to manage on your own, reach out to a therapist, social worker, helpline or your peers who can help you through this difficult time. Stay Connected: Social distancing can be challenging, but social distancing does not mean social disengagement. We are fortunate to live in a time when technology allows us to stay socially and emotionally connected while we stay physically apart to protect each other. Video conferencing services such as Zoom, Google Meets, or FaceTime, allow you to connect with friends and loved ones.

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Financial Support, Bills & Utilities

The US government sent an initial round of stimulus checks of up to $1,200 per person. At this time it is unknown whether a second round of stimulus checks will be approved. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. The CARES Act also enables states to extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. Contact your state’s unemployment insurance office at their website to learn more about the availability of these benefits. If you normally receive health insurance through your job, but have lost your job or had your hours reduced in a way that affects your health coverage, you may be eligible for COBRA for a temporary continuation of coverage.

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