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COVID-19

Details about the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts:
 
 
Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.
Testing for COVID-19 is widely available in MA. Find a site near you:
CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others from COVID-19:
*Know How It Spreads  *Wash Your Hands Often  *Avoid Close Contact
*Cover Nose & Mouth with a Mask  *Cover Coughs & Sneezes  *Clean & Disinfect  *Monitor Health Daily
Visit for more details:
 
CDC: Coronavirus Self-Checker:

The Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive clinical assessment tool that will assist individuals ages 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 12 on deciding when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The online, mobile-friendly tool asks a series of questions, and based on the user’s responses, provides recommended actions and resources.

 
 
 
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. During the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. CDC recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The guidance for effective hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer was developed based on data from a number of studies.
 
Hand-washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
 
Your mask may protect them. Their mask may protect you. This link reviews:
*How to Select Masks
*How to Wear Masks
*Considerations for Masks
*Making Masks
*Washing Masks
*Mask Up
Common questions related to the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC: COVID-19 & Playing Sports: What You Need to Know:
CDC has created recommendations to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
 
Children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
 
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
 
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Some of the questions you might be asking are, “Should I be freaking out about COVID-19?” and “Why can’t I hang out with my friends in person?”. You may be feeling worried, bored, or frustrated. COVID-19 is frightening, and you are not the only one feeling stressed. Click on the link for more information.
 
In this webinar, Dr. Busman, Senior Director of the Child Mind Institute discusses parenting in the time of the coronavirus. She talks about how to incorporate self-care and balance into the day-to-day routine while also giving tips for how to provide support to children and teens at home during this time. Gain some practical tips that will be applicable for the parent with a child of any age.
 
Yale experts share strategies for managing home life in a time of social distancing and self-quarantine.