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How the Red Cross is still reaching those who need help, despite COVID-19

Normally, when someone loses everything they own in an apartment fire, the Canadian Red Cross Personal Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) arrives on the scene with blankets and teddy bears to offer warmth and comfort. That’s how it worked before COVID-19.

From cruise to quarantine: one couple's journey in a pandemic

Lolita and her husband of 40 years set out for a 29-day cruise, and the word “quarantine” was certainly not on their minds. It came as a huge surprise when they found themselves caught in the epicentre of a Coronavirus outbreak onboard the Diamond Princess, but as they would later tell family, “quarantine has not been bad at all.”

COVID-19 definitions: Social distancing, self-monitoring and isolation

As Canadians across the country are being asked to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you have probably heard some different terms on the news, such as isolation, self-isolation, self monitoring and social distancing/physical distancing. Using the right terms is important because the right practices protect vulnerable people and help our health care workers. Let’s go through each of these terms and what they mean.

 

Free resources and links to entertain while at home

Many Canadians have been home for a week or even longer by now, and we all know that can get a little boring. If you’re worried about staying entertained while isolated, then we have a list for you, whether looking to be entertained by performing arts, in need of kids’ activities to online education or even mental health support, there’s something here for you to enjoy.

Working from Home: Solutions to the challenges of an abrupt workspace change

Many of us are feeling it – the loneliness of working from home. Here are a few simple tips to spruce up your home office and keep you connected to your colleagues.
 

Taking care of mental health during COVID-19

How are you doing right now? The past few days and weeks have been stressful and for many people that stress and unease will continue.  While we’re spending so much time focusing on staying healthy, it’s important that our mental health is part of that. Here are some ways to take care of your mental health, whether your worried about current events, spending time alone, or caring for children.

Feeling bored at home? Take time to get ready

A lot of us are now at home following measures taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and if you’re anything like me there is only so much time you can spend rewatching episodes of shows you’ve seen over and over again. So, if you’re looking for something to do, why not take some time to make sure your household is ready for an emergency like flooding or a fire?
 

Tips to help families cope during self-isolation due to COVID-19

An increasing number of Canadians are in self-isolation because of potential exposure or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and many also choose to self-monitor at home as a precaution. Families are facing the challenge of keeping children’s needs met during 14 days at home. 

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