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Hello Griffin Families . . .
Posted on 03/24/2020
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Hello Griffin Families,

I hope the end of the first week of quarantine finds you and your families healthy and coping with the challenges of this crazy surreal situation we are all in. I feel like most of us at this point are a walking encyclopedia of Covid-19 factoids, a lot of them scary, confusing and at times misleading.

 

I wanted to share some information that might be helpful, some of you may be familiar with already but are still good reminders and quick references.

First and most importantly I want to ask everyone to PLEASE listen to and follow the directions of our State and Local authorities for self quarantine. Stay home unless you are going to work or getting groceries/supplies. No large social gatherings, parties, playdates, or sleepovers. The whole point of the quarantine is to slow the spread of this virus, kids may be resistant but can still be carriers to our vulnerable population!

Here is a bit of good news. I read this the other day, it made me smile, I’ll take it! https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/10-positive-updates-on-the-covid-19-outbreaks-from-around-the-world/


For our kids the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of changes, new rules, confusion and of course some fear with all the talk about the coronavirus everywhere they turn. Here are a few links with helpful age based explanations, tips and videos you can use to talk with your kids about Covid-19 together, answer their questions and hopefully help alleviate some anxieties they may have. 


https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html


https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/10-tips-for-talking-about-covid-19-with-your-kids


https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/helping-kids-cope-with-the-covid-19-pandemic/


THE TOP FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW


Do not feel you need to go out and buy a bunch of vitamins or organic supplements right now for your family to fight off the virus. It is great if that is part of your routine but not necessary right now. These are easy to do and easy on the pocket book.

  1. Try to focus on eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh or frozen vegetables and fruit. 
  2. Drink Water! Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate and then Hydrate some more! 
  3. Exercise Everyday. A little or a lot. Just move, move with your kids, move with your dog. Go outside, Get some Vitamin D!
  4. Decrease Stress. Find ways that help you decrease stress, like exercising, reading, locking your kids outside. Just Kidding! (seeing if you were still reading ;)
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep! At least Eight hours for adults and Ten for the Kiddos. That is when our bodies heal and repair.

Just a reminder the flu and other bugs are still out there going around. Remember the main symptoms that present with Covid-19 are FEVER, COUGH and SHORTNESS OF BREATH. If you have these symptoms call your healthcare provider, they should have screening questions and give you direction on what to do. You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or have a high fever uncontrolled with meds. Of course Call 911 for emergencies. 


ITEMS TO HAVE ON HAND AT HOME : a working thermometer, acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), in adult and pediatric dosages. Your cough medicine of choice, (both an expectorant and suppressant), humidifier, if you do not have one a hot shower helps to open up airways for asthma and bronchitis.

If you have asthma or other chronic health conditions, make sure you have a current unexpired supply of both daily and emergency medications such as rescue inhalers. 


If you are concerned about exposure, several pharmacies, if you call ahead, will come out to meet you at your car to deliver your prescriptions, such as Haggen, Safeway and Walmart. Walgreens and Riteaid have drive-thrus, and CVS, (Target) have free delivery through the end of March within a 15-20 mile radius. Safeway in Shelton hopes to have their delivery service up and running next week and will be free through the end of May.


As always the CDC,  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html , has the most up to date information and can answer many of the concerns you may have.


If you haven’t already joined the online neighborhood community called nextdoor you should. It is a great way to get connected with neighbors and parents in your local area and find out information that you may not otherwise have access to in an emergency. The link is https://nextdoor.com/join/  just click sign in at the top right and it will take you to sign up page.


We are all in a unique situation, one that has never happened before and hopefully will never happen again in our lifetime. It will most likely stand out as one of the most prominent memories in our children’s lives -  

I am optimistic they will look back and see that we got through this because we all came together, because we cared for and helped one another, our neighbors and our communities. 


Please feel free to email me anytime (charbin@griffinschool.us). I am happy to answer any questions if I can or if you need your child’s medication from school just let me know!


Stay Well!