TIPSHEET: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Key points from Dr. Mark Zeitzer of ZOOM+Care on That Expert Show

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

- Cough, fever and shortness of breath. A fever is typically 100.4 but anything over 100.0 is considered a fever and a symptom for Covid-19.


Is going to the grocery store still okay and safe?

- Get a list together of the essentials you absolutely need. Try to limit the time you will spend in public places. Go at a time when many others would not be at the store. Use a cart but wipe it down before touching it. The cart will create a barrier so you won't get too close to others. 


Is walking outside and going to parks okay?

- Social isolation and social distancing is hard. It is important to go outside and get some fresh air so you aren't stuck inside. Getting out is great for mental health but be thoughtful about it. If going on a hike, how many people are getting in the car with you to get there? Try to keep at least six feet distance from others. Coming within six feet of another person for 15 minutes or longer puts  you at greater risk for spreading or contracting the virus. Medical professionals believe there are a number of asymptomatic carriers meaning there are people who aren't showing symptoms but are carrying the virus.


Is it too late to get a flu shot this season?

- It's never too late to get a flu shot. There are many comparisons between the flu and Covid-19. A flu shot will not prevent the Covid-19 virus but it can help fight against getting sick with the flu. Make sure you are healthy and not showing any symptoms before getting the flu shot. 


Should dentist visits and other appointments be put on hold?

- It is super important to go to the dentist but medical professionals are advising to cancel appointments that don't have an urgency to them. It's best to stay home and practice social distancing to keep you and others safe.


Is testing available?

- Testing has been limited in America which has been very frustrating. The FDA wants to make sure tests that are being distributed are accurate.  Many medical professionals are working on developing tests because that is key in knowing who is carrying the virus and potentially passing it onto others without knowing.


Does Vitamin C help fight off the Covid-19?

- There is no evidence that Vitamin C helps prevent Covid-19.


Other Information

- Thus far, people 60 and older with multiple medical issues have been the most impacted by this virus.


- Covid-19 can be present on surfaces. It is so important to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cough into your arm instead of your hands and stay home if you are feeling sick. 


- This is a new disease and there are still a lot of unknown answers. Medical professionals are working hard to understand Covid-19 and are releasing new information daily.


ZOOM+Care is a great resource that allows people to message medical professionals and talk about symptoms and receive medical care without having to go into the clinic.

Coronavirus update on That Expert Show with Anna Canzano and her guest Dr. Mark Zeitzer of ZOOM+Care

tipsheet: HOMESCHOOLING 101 DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

EXPERT HEATHER HOLLAND OFFERS ADVICE ON HOMESCHOOLING

 Should I follow a certain curriculum at home that kids would be learning at school?

Heather says it isn't necessary to stress about following a certain curriculum when homeschooling. Her first focus is creating a happy atmosphere in the home. We have the internet which has so many resources at our fingertips that curriculum shouldn't be the main priority.


Preschoolers-1st Graders

  • Heather suggests starting the day with quiet time and research activities online about how to stimulate their brains.
  • At this age, kids lose interest quickly. So have a lot of activities prepared in case they are ready to move onto something else.
  • Don't forget outside time!


Elementary School Age

  • Kids by this point will hopefully have a little longer attention span and be more motivated to learn new things.
  • Make "lesson plans" according to what your child's interests are. If they like dinosaurs, do an in-depth unit on dinosaurs! Find things that interest them and they'll be excited to learn. 
  • Don't get behind in math!
  • Try to get up earlier than your kids. If you get up earlier than them, you have time to have coffee, make a plan for the day and feel prepared for the day before your kids are even up. 


Helpful Tips

  • If homeschooling, you have more time with your kids. This allows more time to teach them life skills and how to do things and chores around the house.
  • It won't be easy. Be patient with yourself and give you and your kids time to adjust.
  • Make a schedule. You won't always stick to it, but if you have a schedule you will more often than not get more things accomplished.
  • Don't focus on being the "teacher." As a parent, you teach your kids everyday. So don't try to fit into the "teacher" mold, just focus on being a parent.
  • During this pandemic, be patient and empathetic with your kids. You're doing a lot of worrying about what is going to happen with businesses and schools, but your child is also going through a lot of change and uncertainty. 
  • Baking and gardening are great activities to do with your kids to practice math and science. You could also find these are activities they really enjoy doing. 


FROM HOMESCHOOL PARENTS Karene Hartmann and Angela Marie

I know this wasn’t in your plan. It’s inconvenient and a bit overwhelming. So here’s some advice to get through this time:

👉🏻 You don’t have to recreate school in your house. Desks and tables are never mandatory... in fact, opt for sitting upside down on a couch or under a tree or even in bed.

👉🏻 Read everyday. Read to your kids, with your kids, listen to them read. Read comics and picture books and that book you loved when you were a kid. And when you need some time to yourself, turn on an audiobook - those count too.

👉🏻 Play. Play board games and card games. Play hide and seek and basketball in the driveway. Pull out the wii that is gathering dust and go bowling in your living room. Have LEGO competitions.

👉🏻 Write letters to grandparents and diary entries documenting your days. Someday their kids will want to hear stories about that time they were stuck at home.

👉🏻 Go on a hike. Stay up late and look at the stars. Plant a garden. Dig up worms. Draw the leaves and flowers and bugs you find.

👉🏻 Make stop motion videos. Watch BBC earth movies and plan an imaginary trip. Discover a new hobby... or resurrect an old one. Order some yarn and learn to finger knit. Paint pictures. Bake bread. They won’t fall behind or stop learning.

👉🏻 Enjoy a slow rhythm together at home... no early morning rushing to catch the bus, no running from activity to activity.

Yes, you might have to guide your kids in some virtual learning. Think of this as your chance to let your kids catch up on all the recess, art, music, and gym that have been cut out of your school district. This is your chance to let your kids do the things that get them excited... building forts, designing robots, baking muffins. This is your chance to help them see learning as something that happens ALL DAY LONG, in everything we do. Not just in textbooks and classrooms.

You can do this, parents. I’m cheering you on. 💛💛

@ Karene Hartmann, Angela Marie


Click here for a helpful daily schedule for you and your kids


Other resources suggested by Heather Holland (some are free, some require memberships and at least one offers a free membership for a month.)


https://superkids.com 

(On the right you’ll see lots of free resources for math worksheets and vocabulary)


https://www.math-aids.com


http://www.typinginstructorkids.com  (typing)


https://www.khanacademy.org

(this one is great for any age and especially older kids!)


Apps

https://www.todomath.com 

https://learnwithhomer.com (reading)

https://www.duolingo.com (foreign language)

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TIPSHEET: Coronavirus questions answered

Key points from Dr. Paul Cieslak on That Expert Show

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus.


Symptoms:

There are similarities between the coronavirus and influenza. Symptoms to watch for are fever, cough and shortness of breath. 


Testing for coronavirus:

Medical professionals are testing individuals that are showing severe symptoms. Dr. Cieslak said they have the capacity to run about 80 tests a day.


Preventative measures:

- This is a respiratory viral disease. 

- If you are feeling sick, stay home. You can easily spread germs to others if you go to work or school. 

- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap. Antibacterial soap is a little more effective, but any soap will work if washed for at least 20 seconds. 

- Disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs or keyboards. 

- Try not to share cups or eating utensils with others. 

- If you are very concerned, you might want to limit contact with others and avoid going to large events or having people over to your house.


Dr. Cieslak wants everyone to be prepared if you do need to stay home for a prolonged period of time. Make sure you have enough supplies to last.


Someone could potentially have the virus in their bloodstream but not in their nose, throat or saliva where it could be spread to other people. Oregon Health Authority believes it is not likely people are contagious until they start showing symptoms. 


None of the three cases in Oregon traveled to China or had contact with someone that traveled to China.


Who should be wearing masks?

The general public should not feel the need to wear masks around. It doesn't seem to provide any additional protection. If you have an illness and are coughing a lot, it's better for the person who is coughing to be wearing a mask. 


Going forward:

It's difficult to predict what the future looks like with the coronavirus. Dr. Cieslak said there is typically a respiratory virus season, which is in winter. It was mostly impossible to keep the coronavirus out of the country, but it is better that it comes around in springtime and not in the middle of winter where it would spread quicker.


Thus far, there is not a vaccine for coronavirus.

Coronavirus questions answered on That Expert Show with Anna Canzano

Coronavirus questions answered on That Expert Show with Anna Canzano