COVID-19 Blog Articles

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing the Impact

This handout from Homewood Health is intended as an aide to support yourself, other employees and family members as a result of the questions and possible anxiety that has arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 Tips to Help Cope with Self-Isolation

Around the world, we are facing a unique global challenge that’s testing our resiliency as individuals and communities.  Many people are now in self-isolation and looking for suggestions on how to improve their overall well-being at this difficult time.

The World Health Organization (2020), has provided 6 tips for anyone who is asked to be in self-isolation or quarantine.  Highlighted below are a few resources you might find helpful for each of these suggestions:

COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety

"As we navigate uncharted territory and the evolving realities of COVID-19, we may experience potential fear, stress and anxiety due to the overwhelming volume of information and the demands being put in place to combat the spread and risk of infection.

Anxiety is highly common and is often triggered by specific events, trauma or stressful scenarios creating challenges in our daily activities and interactions. Stress results from normal reactions, where adjustments or a response is required, causing our mind and bodies to react with physical, mental or emotional actions"

COVID-19: How to Speak to Children

"As the COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve with increasing measures from federal and provincial governments to curb the spread and risk of infection within our personal communities, many of us are faced with extended school closures and growing inquiries from inquisitive children.

As with many conversations between parents, guardians and children, there requires a balanced approach when speaking of scenarios involving the health and safety of family members, friends and others who play important roles in our lives and development."

COVID-19: Virtual Workplaces, the New Norms

"Could remote working be the new normal for work workplaces? We’re getting a taste of what that looks and feels like right now...  This article is all about the advantages of having a remote workforce, and the key factors employers and managers must consider for their virtual work environments to be successful."

Homewood Health has two articles attached below, one for employees and another for Managers.

COVID-19: Self-isolation and Quarantine: What you need to know

Homewood Health has put together a resource that outlines different symptoms of COVID-19 and the differences between self-monitoring, self-isolation and quarantine. 

"As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise globally and throughout Canada, many employers are reviewing operations and core functions to make decisions surrounding employee self-isolation or quarantine in an effort to limit the risk of infection and potential harm to employees and others."

Online Wellness Resources to Help you Thrive in Uncertain Times

Navigating these uncertain times with the COVID-19 virus may cause you to experience feelings of anxiety, loneliness or stress.  Wellness@Work offers deep compassion to you at this challenging time and hope that some of these resources help you cope with stress or anxiety you may be experiencing.

Access to counselling is available to U of G employees 24 hours per day, seven days per week through the University's EFAP provider, Homewood Employee Health toll-free at 1-800-663-1142.

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