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Resources for the general public

Alaskans know how to prepare for winter – we fill our freezers, chop wood, swap out tires and dust off the ice scraper. This year, as we cope with COVID-19, we can also take measures to improve our physical and mental health.

Staying healthy during the pandemic is important to help prevent severe illness and to increase overall resiliency to cope with stress. Find a way to move your body regularly, eat healthy, and practice gratitude. Use these resources to encourage your friends, communities, schools, clients, and loved ones to stay safe, strong, and kind. 

The cold and dark won’t last forever, and neither will the pandemic. We are Alaskans, we’ve got this. 

Winter resiliency

 

 Poster to encourage resiliency and self-care

 

  • Get your flu shot
  • Avoid the 3 Cs: closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact situations. Outside is safer than inside if you are with people outside your household bubble. If you spend time in any of these situations, be sure to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Do the 3 Ws: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your space. Used in combination, these offer stronger protection. Don’t just do one W – do all three together.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. Get tested if you have any symptoms. The quicker we identify COVID-19, the better we can control the spread. Make a plan in case you need to quarantine or isolate. Have 2 weeks of non-perishable food and medicine in the house and identify a location for a sick family member to isolate if needed. For families with children, identify a Circle of Support to plan care for your children or other family members if you become sick. Let close contacts know if you test positive.
  • Check your indoor air. Maintain fresh air in your home and increase ventilation to help prevent respiratory droplet or airborne transmission.
  • Get caught up on preventive health. Many people delayed doctor’s visits this spring, but now’s the time to make sure you and your family are caught up to stay well. Make an appointment for any missed childhood vaccines, health screenings, or dental cleanings.
  • Move your body regularly. Get outside every day for a walk or fresh air, even if it’s cold and dark. Try new outdoor winter activities like roasting s’mores in the backyard or skating on a frozen pond. Develop an indoor workout that you can do on your own or with your household.
  • Connect and seek support. This has been a difficult time for all of us. Acknowledging, recognizing and acting on feelings of anxiety, grief, loss and worry in these uncertain times is key to lessening the impact. Connect with friends and loved ones virtually without being in the same indoor space. Build in time to unwind and disconnect from the news or social media: read, cook, play a game, listen to music, take baths.
  • Plan healthy meals. Use meal planning tools to eat balanced and healthy meals. Stay well hydrated. Incorporate vitamin D into your diet: eat fruits and veggies, fatty fish such as salmon, and fortified foods.
  • Support your community. Check on your friends, neighbors, colleagues and elders to make sure they are doing okay. Practice random acts of kindness. 

Resources to download, print and share

Download and print our PDF“Take Care, Alaska!” list of reminders to help increase your resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic this winter – to protect yourself, your family and our communities. Each item on the list is also available as a separate download. Additional printable signs, social media graphics, video PSAs and other materials will soon be available for you to share.

3Cs 3Ws Community Connect Flu shot Get outside Get tested Healthy meals Indoor air Make a plan New activities See a doctor Seek support Self-care Stay home