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An image of the Covid-19 Virus. This guide is intended to provide information on preparedness and coping mechanisms in dealing with an unprecedented pandemic, the COVID-19.  You will find federal, state and local resources to assist with medical care and financial support.

The Center for Disease Control expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur (Feb2020). In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 could translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism or closings. Mass gatherings may be cancelled or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded.  With an onslaught of news and information on the coronavirus pandemic, it can be challenging to know where to turn for reliable, up-to-the-minute information. To help the public better assess the news about the virus the following top resources are listed below.

Websites and phone numbers to assist with various aspects of the pandemic are listed below.

Centers for Disease Control: 800-232-4636

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Additional state and county hotlines available are:

State of Michigan:  888-535-6136
Oakland County: 248-858-1000
Wayne County: 734-287-7870

Where can I get the latest news and information about COVID-19?

Information about COVID-19 is evolving daily.  The following federal and state resources about the coronavirus COVID-19 are recommended:

Get the latest public health information from CDC:  https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Reduce Stress in Yourself and Others

Take the following steps to reduce stress:

  • Take care of your body

  • Connect with others

  • Take breaks/deep breaths/meditate

  • Stay informed

  • Avoid watching too much news

 Mental health resources to help with pandemic-related fears and anxiety:

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Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful.  Accurate information about COVID-19 helps make people feel less stressed.  

Reduce stress in yourself and others. Learn more about taking care of your emotional health

 It is perfectly normal to feel anxiety during a pandemic or health crisis.  Here are some helpful ways to cope with these feelings-Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  Resources for Parents and Children   click on the underlined hyperlinks

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