A Friendly Update with Tips and Resources

Today I want to share a few tips and resources. Please pass this on to anyone that might find it helpful. Scroll down for info on if you can run or exercise during the COVID19 outbreak.

Can you run during the Coronavirus Outbreak and ‘Shelter in Place’ order??

I found an article that answers that exact question. I’m going to quote it below, normally I’d paraphrase and link to the site but given the important health implications of this topic – I’m sharing it verbatum.

People who go outside to exercise are sometimes shamed on TV and on social media for risky behavior. Is it okay to go outside for a walk, run or bike ride?

The White House coronavirus guidelines for the 15-day period that started Monday advise avoiding “discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits,” as well as “social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.” But outdoor exercise is not on the list.

So unless local guidelines instruct otherwise, fresh air and outdoor exercise are allowed – though it’s important to keep some distance between yourself and others. The coronavirus is thought to spread primarily through close contact between people – within about six feet.

The primary mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets.

There is better airflow outside than in confined spaces. That air flow outside reduces the risk of one person transmitting the virus to another through droplets in the air, says Albert Ko, the Yale epidemiologist. “So if you’re going out and you’re hiking or biking or running and you’re not within, say, six feet or 10 feet of another person, I would consider that a healthy, safe practice.”

Ko also points to the significant mental health issues that can be caused or exacerbated when people are cooped up.

“My personal feeling is that if people are practicing sound respiratory hygiene, sound hand hygiene, they’re distancing themselves physically from others outside, and you’re exercising and walking in the park — I think that’s actually a good public health practice.”

Coronavirus Special Resources

If you want to help from home – consider donating to an organization working to serve those impacted by COVID19.  You can donate money online to local or national groups. There are a few organizations that caught my attention and I’d like to share…

Note – if you or someone you know is able to help others or needs help themselves, please pass it on.

Domestic violence victims isolated with their abusers – I’ve read several articles speculating that domestic violence and child abuse will rise during the quarantine.

If you would like to learn more check out The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).  Learn how you can help others, donate or get help yourself.

Or consider making a donation to a local domestic violence shelter. 

Many small local non-profits depend on fundraisers and other events – but all those important fundraisers have been cancelled due to COVID19 so they may be missing out on much needed funds AND getting more calls for help at the same time.

Local Resources:

Many areas have local, smaller shelters providing services to victims of domestic violence. Check your area for their phone number or website for more information on how you can help or get help.

NYC 24-Hour Hotline for Domestic Violence Survivors: 800-621-HOPE (4673)

Important Tip:

Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

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