COPE with COVID
Resources to Help You Through This Pandemic
In May, the American College Health Association (ACHA) released considerations for re-opening campuses and continue to provide regular updates. And, the Chronicle of Higher Education proposed what campuses may look like this fall as a part of their ongoing special report, part of which shares examples of how institutions are planning to re-open this fall. For institutions that will not have physical classes gathering, how can effective learning communities be created online? As your team continues to discuss the evolving situation through this pandemic, we know we're all focused on the outcome of student success and community wellness. And, so we'd like to know where our Healthy Academics Community is on this issue. Please see our newsletter from June 17 and answer our poll. We'll use your feedback to continue to aid planning and discussions.
Recommendations Based on Evidence
There is an explosion of interest in making and using homemade cloth masks with little attention to best practice. In an effort to help healthcare workers and the general public during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The Ohio State University Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare is compiling evidence-based resources. The institute has created a repository which they will continuously update with accurate information and guidance based on the evidence. They have reviewed the evidence regarding different types of masks and have developed an easy to interpret infographic modified from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information. Our infographic compares the three types of masks that are being considered and discussed: N95 respirators, surgical masks, and homemade cloth masks.
COVID: Coping with the New Norm
As many of us now enter month two of a formal stay-at-home order, our executive director, Kat Marriott asks: How are you doing? As a trained virologist, the idea of social distancing is not new or alarming to her, but obviously the extent to which we currently find ourselves is quite an uncharted path. Ohio's Department of Health crafted an advertising spot that depicts how the coronavirus spreads like a chain reaction. Kat shares that she knows what we’re practicing is working, but how do we continue to manage in month two in regards to our physical and mental health? She shares some of the events and strategies on her radar and looks forward to hearing from you, her colleagues, for inspiration and motivation. Read more.
Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm
BHAC President Bern Melnyk, her wellness team at Ohio State, and a team of campus partners offered an eight-week online series to help cope with, and stay well during, the coronavirus pandemic. Open to BHAC members and friends of the organization, the recorded sessions remain available along with access to additional resources from The Ohio State University Wellness Office.
Community During COVID
We've been astounded by the innovation and amount of amazing resources becoming available to campuses as this pandemic evolves. During a time of stress and uncertainty, the future is bright for the time when we will return to our physical spaces. To keep these ideas in motion and build on the strength of our member community, we're launching "Coffee with Kat" every Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. Members can log into our online community for more information and the link. Also, log in and see available funding opportunities. Interested in joining our community? Enjoy collaborating with members from over 100 institutions and corporate partners like Everyday Health and HORAN & Associates. Contact our executive director, Kat Marriott to learn more.
Spreading Viruses in the Modern Age
Living in the Digital Age has many benefits, particularly, having the ability to find and transfer information freely and quickly. However, in times like these, the rapid spreading of false information related to the coronavirus has caused panic, confusion, and creates myths that can mislead a great number of people. The World Health Organization provides an infographic that busts many of the myths that have been circulating regarding the virus. Also, check out how Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is partnering on a digital platform to share information. View the recording of a webinar presented by The Forum at the Harvard and The World from PRX and WGBH. In it, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee works to address where we are in flattening the curve to end the virus' spread.
A Growing List of COVID-19 Resources ...