We’re in this together.
The well-being of our community is a team effort. Today, that is truer than ever. Here are some tips each of us can follow to do our part in contributing to the health and well-being of those around us.
- Wash your hands and distance yourself socially. We’ve seen this advice everywhere, but these are the two most basic things you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. Also, make sure you understand the symptoms of COVID-19 and how they compare to the flu and allergies.
- Stay up-to-date. Identify sources you can trust for the most accurate, up-to-date information like the Center for Disease Control website.
- Check in on high-risk individuals. While social isolation often has a negative connotation, right now staying home is critical to the health of many in our community. Reach out to older adults, individuals with disabilities and those with compromised immune systems in your neighborhood with a phone call or email to see if there is anything you can do to help during this time. Offering to deliver groceries or pick up necessities can help our most vulnerable community members avoid COVID-19.
- Support local businesses. Dining out, shopping, going to the movies, etc. can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Many employees at these businesses will face financial challenges and be threatened with a loss of financial stability. You can help by purchasing an online gift card to a local business and saving it for a later date.
- Offer to help with child care. With schools in Virginia closed for the rest of the school year, many families will find themselves in need of child care. Offer to support your trusted friends and neighbors if you have time, ability to help and a safe environment in which to do so.
- Find ways to stay connected. In addition to popular social media channels, smart phone apps like NextDoor can help you stay in-touch with neighbors and friends while staying indoors.
- Cancel large events. This is the perfect time to explore virtual options.
- Prioritize mental health. Going for a run around your neighborhood, working out at home and taking the dog for a walk are all great ways to manage anxiety and stay healthy while practicing social distancing.
- Get some rest and eat healthy. Keep your immune system strong by making the best of downtime, getting plenty of sleep and eating healthy.
- Ask for help. If you are at a greater risk for serious complications, reach out to family, neighbors and friends who are less at-risk for help.
- Give or share about the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund. United Way is currently matching up to $100,000 in donations through our website for those who need it most. Learn more about this fund and it’s impact here.
If you or someone you know is experiencing adversity as a result of COVID-19, please visit our Find Help Now page for resources and our COVID-19 News & Updates page for the latest on what United Way is doing.