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.
  • Symptoms of coronavirus: fever, cough, shortness of break
  • 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.

The spread of coronavirus can be slowed if we practice "social distancing", by staying home and avoiding public spaces. Taking proactive measures in stopping the spread will reduce the peak of the outbreak and help against overwhelming the health care system with COVID-19 patients in addition to those who are seeking care under normal circumstances.


Additional Resources:

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