Anxious about the global pandemic?
“Being frightened about something that we don't understand is normal. I think the first thing we have to do is normalize our emotions and realize it's okay. We all are uncertain. We don't know what the future holds. We fear the unknown. We want to be in control.”
- Making the practice of handwashing an opportunity for prayer.
- Practicing calming routines that work for you. Ex. breathing techniques.
- Develop a habit: Spend 5-15 minutes in the morning or evening to pray.
- Monitor your intake of media coverage.
- Reach out to a friend.
If you are sick with any virus, stay home and limit your contact with others.
The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as Coronavirus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Everyone should practice social distancing, in public mantain a minimum of 6 feet from the next person.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow vs. your hand (you can spread germs when touching items after coughing or sneezing into your hand).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often! (For a minimum of 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Known facts about coronavirus:
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Best way to prevent contracting the illness is to avoid being being exposed to this virus.
- Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms by contacting your doctor or health care provider. Call first so they can determine your risk factors.
- How it is spread: from person to person (within about 6 feet) or by contact with infected objects. Through respiratory droplets producted when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Resource Page
USCCB Statement on Coronavirus
New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
Department of Health in Erie County
Holy Father grants plenary indulgence for victims of COVID-19 as well as those who pray for them
Additional Cold & Flu Precaution Guide
Understanding the spread of coronavirus
Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act FAQ
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Eligibility (PDF)
FFCRA Leave of Absence Employee Request Form (PDF)